Guess what’s happening outside my window right now? It’s snowing. Can I describe to you the bone-chilling weariness I feel at the sight of the white, slushy sludge? The despair I feel knowing I have packed up all our winter coats, hats and mittens, thinking I was surely safe to do so? The revulsion I feel knowing the wet dog smell that will fill our home the next few days? No I cannot. So I won’t.
And yes I know I should be a good Coloradoan and repeat the party line, “Well, we could use the moisture.” (Aside: can anyone imagine an instance where we wouldn’t say that? Would snowpack have to be upwards of 300% before some brave soul said, “NO! I am sick of the moisture! We do not need any more moisture!!!”).
In light of this meteorological horror story of too much winter (and the fact that my blog was due), I decided to turn my focus to too much of a good things in writing. We’ve all heard the line-up of the usual offenders:
- Excessive adverbs
- Distracting dialogue tags
- Pointless backstory
- Telling not showing
All of us are heavy handed in certain elements of writing. Which one is your particular weakness? How do you try to address it? And how do you handle a winter that won't stop?