February 24, 2006, Newsletter Issue #51: Crystallize your adjectives

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Modifiers should only be used when the noun they describe canít stand alone. The object of good writing is to get sentences distilled to their simplest, most resonant forms. When you must use an adjective or an adverb, make it a sharp one that makes the noun stronger. Carefully edit your writing for modifiers that donít add anything.

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