Good Advices, Or Not Really Breaking Issue #3

March 21st, 2005 · No Comments
by Booksquare

Tod Goldberg has, out of the goodness of his heart, compiled a brief (but comprehensive) list of things one should consider before submitting an application to an advanced writing course. He skips past all the typed, double-spaced advice in favor of Stuff You Can Use:

If any of your dialogue regularly has the following tags, please consider a lower division course: interjected, retorted, perked, chided, elaborated, huffed, declared, admonished, clarified, ejaculated, defecated, spurted, sputtered, blustered, feigned, forced, exclaimed, condemned, purported, reacted, cautioned, cajoled, stated, lauded, or lambasted. Also, if you find yourself placing adverbs alongside any of those words — like, “I hate to read poorly written dialogue,” Bob blustered angrily — perhaps pick up any of your favorite novels and check to see how many times anyone says something, you know, furtively.

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