Excessive adjectives – a short rant

What i like about literature (and poetry) is that a good piece uses words to describe a scene without unnecessary adverbs or adjectives. Once you start shoving them in, it’s probably indicative of either lazy writing or having to plug the story with words to get up the word count-  and I’m going to get annoyed at the book pretty fast.

I’m not saying descriptions or world buildingare not required, but they need to be well written, and not just sticking an adjective or two before a noun.

Take these examples:

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Excessive adjectives – a short rant

Right of reply – a tale from the past of a cheating wife and the people who were fooled by her

Remember when the PhilDerp happened and it came out that a certain person had told her new bf and social group she was in an open relationship, which was a shock to her husband, and everyone who knew she was not? And the perpetrator of Philderp tried to use her as a moral example and failed utterly because he’d not actually understood what was going on? Which was a state of normal, for him, really.

This is and excerpt from my old blog. Interesting seeing what happened in 2013 but probably far too obscure for most people.

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Right of reply – a tale from the past of a cheating wife and the people who were fooled by her

Andy the Ant -a short story from 2005

In the context of “I am going through my folder marked ‘stories’ and finding short stories I have written that are not dreadful, but by no means are they great, and publishing them because why not”- I give you this one from 2005. I do not remember writing this at all.

Andy the Ant

Andy the Ant was very much liked by his friends who lived in The Cupboard, but they all agreed that he was a little odd.

“I’m not odd!” he argued with Zen the Butterfly, while sticking his shoes to his feet with a bit of adhesive tape..  “This is perfectly normal. I just broke my shoelaces, and my shoes keep falling off.”

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Andy the Ant -a short story from 2005

Colin the Weevil -a short story

I wrote a lot of stories about Colin the Weevil, including a novella, which I may actually tidy up and publish. I have illustrated some of the stories I’ve written – occurs to me I’ve never published any of it. Huh. Must get on that.

This was the story that started it. Again, 1999 or so. Based on Colin and Andy, who I clearly was hanging out a lot with back then.

Colin the Weevil

Colin was a weevil who lived in the Flour Barrel in the Kitchen Cupboard.

He was obsessed with flour.

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Colin the Weevil -a short story