Much of what I have put above is about the same rule: Avoid filler words and sentences. Most of us aren’t history majors; we don’t need to fit one page worth of information into seventy pages (and even historians try to avoid filler a little bit).

Look at what you write, look at it carefully. If there is a word that doesn’t need to be there, or a paragraph that tells your reader nothing, destroy it. Burn it with the flames of editing and never look back.

Don’t you dare waste my time with empty sentences, extra words, or pages where nothing happens. I promise you I will not force myself to read your vomit. I sincerely hope you’ll hold me to the same standard.

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9 thoughts on “Make Your Sentences Powerful- Misunderstood Writing Advice

  1. Whoa. Now I am going to be a little scared to write for fear of breaking the mighty rules!!! I am really, really bad at using passive voice. And I’m kind of prone to weedy adverbs too. That’s one thing about Japanese – sentence structure is very prescribed (from what I remember). Subject, time, place, object, verb.
    Thank you for writing this article, I think that considering these things will improve my writing.

    1. Write in spite of the rules! It’s good for ya. Poetry is about making the rules work for you anyway. So go get ’em!
      Yeah Japanese can be that way- I remember having trouble writing sentences because they would be too direct, and in my efforts to correct this, not direct enough!

      Thank you as always for reading- I’m glad to be of any help!

  2. This memorable, insightful and quite authoritative article was very much appreciated, like a long walk on a sunny and pleasant autumn afternoon.

    Translation: Good. Me like.

    1. Hahaha

      I’m glad you liked it and said so in such poetic terms! I hope I can keep making content that lives up to this level of expectation for readers like you!

  3. I live by the rule that adverbs are generally redundant or useless if you use the correct verb. I like the rule of using metaphors instead of similes. It drives the action. I might add a rule: In general, if you use more than one preposition consecutively, one of them is redundant and not needed, e.g. “Went out on a limb,” “He came from up under the box,” “He ran out of the room”. These could be said simpler, e.g. “He ran from the room.”

    1. Absolutely right! I would say that a writer needs to think about these things before putting the pen to paper- sometimes those metaphors aren’t the best, other times they make it worth reading.

      It’s subjective, but always something to consider.
      Thanks for the thoughtful comment and for reading! Keep writing, my friend.

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