Advice from a bitchy elitist (me)

August 25, 2010

I’m just going to throw this out there into the ether and hope it’s absorbed by the collective unconscious. Just planting seeds.

1. If you wish to be taken seriously as a writer (or just as a human being), do not pepper your writing with emoticons. 🙂 See? It’s not cute. It undermines any point you might be trying to make.
2. Similarly, beginning a sentence with “um, so, well…” or some combination of such non-words is a great way to sound wishy washy. In live conversation, “ums” happen. They just slip out. We’re not all great live debaters. But in writing, online or otherwise, you have as much time as you need to formulate full sentences free of such detritus. Stand behind what you write! Don’t modify it with uncertainty.
3. The level discourse will never rise if you insist on stringing together five synonymous adjectives every other sentence. As a wise woman once sat me down to tell me, adjectives are not your friends. Use them sparingly. Hyperbole will get you nowhere.

Let’s do the best we can by the words we’ve got, ok?

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