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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Tip#8 to trim a synopsis—cut modifiers

Adjectives and adverbs are usually the easiest to cull from a synopsis. Sometimes you don't even need to change the noun or verb. Other times, a stronger noun or verb is needed.

She determines to win without interference from her meddling friends.
vs.
She determines to win without interference from her friends.

He is physically attracted to her.
vs.
He is attracted to her.
or
He lusts after her.

1 comment:

  1. This series has such incredibly practical advice. It struck me that Tip #8 seems like good advice for the entire manuscript! (I hate adverbs, and I have a strong prejudice against adjectives.) Thanks for providing such great resources.

    --Mark

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