A SHOT ACROSS THE BOW

Descriptor Abuse

As I read the offerings of others’ prose (which I do a bunch), I am struck by what I call “descriptor abuse”. Every noun must have its adjective, every verb its adverb.

The tiniest element of the button on the butler’s waistcoat merits extensive characterization.

I submit that the line between vivid description and the filler/fluff of purple prose is fine indeed.

Minimalism in literature has its place and plain English favors communication/understanding.

IMO

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