Now that I'm revising my manuscript, it's like being given a second chance to blossom. So, I'm trying to make the most of the opportunity. I'm especially trying to look at things with poet laureate Ted Kooser's advice in mind. For instance, he gives very compelling reasons for people like you and me to limit unnecessary adjectives. Here's what he says...
"It is a rare instance in which you'd need to write 'white snow' because in almost everybody's mind snow is white...you rarely need to write 'green leaves' because most of us immediately think of green leaves when the word 'leaves' appears. The same is true of 'blue sky' or 'red apple.' And so on. Try to give your reader credit for being able to supply at least some of the description. And as to adverbs, if you use the word 'creep' there's no point, is there, in writing 'creeping slowly'? Creeping is slow."
Gosh, that is good advice. Now, if I can just make the most of my second chance with it in mind, that'd be good enough for me...as good as a cup of hot brown tea. Tee hee hee.
(Okay, you caught me...that final bit breaks all the rules of Kooser's good sense. But I trust you'll give me a second chance! :)
The Poetry Home Repair Manual, by Ted Kooser
Photograph by Gail Nadeau. Used with permission.