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Dear Adverbs,

   Posted by: Moses Siregar III Tags: ,

Dear adverbs,

I used to like you, but now I know I can live without you. Occasional flings are fine–you’re still cute–but I’m better off on my own. Move onto younger lovers. Find someone you can still impress. I would say, “It’s not you, it’s me,” but it’s you. You’re flabby and vain. Take a hard look at yourself. Discipline is your friend; get serious about it and maybe we can still have casual sex.

Verily Yours,

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Want to kill off some of your bad writing habits?

Read the comments on this blog post from Nathan Bransford: “What is Your Writing Tic?” Read all 255+ responses if you’ve got the time, because there’s a great chance doing so will painlessly cure you of at least some of your worst tendencies.

Here’s what I added to the comments about some of my bad writing habits:

Perhaps ellipses.
My early drafts have talking heads.

Having characters smile too much (or some variation on smiling) was perhaps the most common answer, so it makes me smile to know … that I have some company there.

Anyway, turn to that thar blog post … and check it out. It’s a potent, organic collection of what not to do.

“I loved it.”

“Me, too.”

“It’s so great.”

“Yeah. Really great.”

“Burnin’ down the house!”

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