Thursday Writing Quote ~ Philip Gerard

Anytime you are writing about sex, violence, war, torture, genocide, child molestation, nuclear annihilation, any subject that carries great weight and is loaded with emotion, stay away from lurid language. Plain language and dramatic restraint will allow the action to claim its own importance--not because the adjectives and adverbs are shouting for attention, but because what is going on in the piece is profound and moving. You are removing the narrative personality and the high-profile language that might obstruct the reader's view of the story. ~ Philip Gerard

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