Over-flowery writing

September 12, 2009 at 3:22 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Okay, so we all know what school english lessons require of you: sentence structure variation, wide vocab etc. But how much of it do actual writers really agree with?

I would think quite a lot of you reading this blog would have come across several sources saying ‘avoid “-ly” words’. My school, however, has a totally different opinion – add in those “ly”s at every possible area.

For example: I was in a lesson the other day, and the english teacher wrote something along the cheesy area of “the dust coated staircase” and “the stairs groaned thunderously” all in one block of infodump.

Does anyone else have this problem were teachers make you over-flowerise your writing? I have it permanently. They seem to want us to put all that useless waffle in, when we could make it so much easier by writing the story instead of a interior decorator’s review of a place that is not needed!



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