Berkley Hudson always has a few tricks up his sleeve.
He passed around a basket.
It was empty.
“Take a handful,” Berkley implored. “There’s plenty for everyone.”
“You dropped a few on the floor.” Dropped what on the floor?
He felt we needed to use more of them. Short sentences. More power. Better writing.
• Search for “ly” in a Word document. It passes the taste test: same story, fewer words. “It makes you less jumpy when the chainsaw comes out,” Berkley advises.
• Also search for names, attributions, and words such as: although, is/be, just, only.
• Study your verbs. Should punch replace hit? Can sprint supplant hurry?
• Use 2-3-1. Place the strongest word or idea at the end of a sentence, paragraph or section.
Enjoy Friday, and sharpen those blades for some weekend trimming.