Every word has to beg for its life. Adverbs and adjectives are born guilty until proved innocent. When something is "finished", I cut it back, and continue until what is said can be said in no fewer words. This leads to clarity and impact, and also to an extra dramatic effect when the rule is broken and the words appear to run riot. They don't. They're on a strong leash.Perfect advice.
Monday, September 03, 2012
How to write - Alan Garner style
Here's Alan Garner on how to write, from an article in the Guardian in which he is asked questions by Guardian readers (including yours truly):