In chapter 8, Knight talks about avoiding cliché phrases and words like “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” The reader will probably roll his or her eyes and tune out the rest of the story. Slang also falls under this category. Slang can often be oxymoronic and doesn’t really add any meaning to the story. To Knight, jargon equals lazy writing. Also, not everyone knows legal, business, or other jargon that writers might use in their stories.

In chapter 9, Knight talks about “no-nos” in writing. Many adjectives that describe events can fall under this category. When a writer starts describing something as “striking” or “exciting,” for example, he or she starts to write subjectively. It is the reader’s job to decide for himself how the event makes him feel. The word “feel” can be red flag as well. We have deemed this word to be synonymous with “think” or “believe,” but feeling has more to do with emotions or physical touch than it does the brain believing something.

In chapter 4, Filak talks about sentence structure. He mentions a bridge paragraph, which is exactly what it sounds like. Like a bridge in music fuses two verses together seamlessly, a bridge paragraph fuses two separate paragraphs together seamlessly.


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