I’m at the place in my current wip where I start doing what I’ve been avoiding for the last four months (since NaNo!): tinkering.
I know what set me off. Therese and I are starting a run of interviews with writers who’ve written killer books on the craft. Since we read the books of the authors we interview, we’re immersing ourselves in their writerly wisdom. You can only internalize so much, but re-reading these classics and refreshing my memory on pacing, dialogue and tension reactivated my tinker button, and I’ve been indulging in a little editing when I know I should be getting on with getting the draft finished.
But I can’t help it. So sue me.
Right now I’m fixated on expunging unnecessary adverbs and adjectives. I thought I’d weaned myself off them pretty good, yo, but then I hit a big patch littering up an action sequence. So I turned to vibrant verbs for the fix. But after the rewrite I just about gagged over all the florid verbs.
You’ve heard of florid verbs, right? No?
That’s because most craft books tend to emphasize Adverb Evil over the Florid Verb. Nothing screams amateur hour louder than adverb-cluttered prose, but I think Florid Verbs are almost as bad. Who wants to read about a protagonist stomping and cursing and hissing all the time. Can’t they just walk, talk, whisper for once?