writing advice

purple prose is a dangerous weapon

Actual quote. I have… strong feelings about the word stygian.

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4 Responses to writing advice

  1. Mako says:

    I have a decent vocabulary, but I had to look up stygian.. I got “of or relating to the Styx river.” How many situations could there really be where that word is appropriate???

    • BirdyNo Gravatar says:

      Unless they’re exploring Hades? NONE.

      and yet

      (real answer: people use it as a fancy synonym for gloomy, or dark, or AAAAGH THEN WHY NOT USE THOSE WORDS)

      Have you ever been subjected to The Eye of Argon, my dear? It uses stygian like… four times. At least.
      Be sure not to be drinking anything when you start reading. Unless it’s alcoholic; you’ll need that.

  2. The Lawful Man says:

    Jess’ quote bubble has a braid! XD And I totally agree with her, adjectives and adverbs used in excess are pretty annoying…as are superlatives.

    BEST DAY EVAR!
    GREATEST FLICK OF ALL TIME!
    BLANKIEST BLANK OF BLANK!

    Every time I see sentences like that, I want to shout “SHUTTIEST OF THE HELL UPS!!!”

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