"Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle"Aside from "hooptedoodle" being my new favorite word, this article in the New York Times made me double-check for exclamation points and had me nodding at:
- Never open a book with weather (zzzzzzzzzzzzzz)
- Avoid detailed descriptions of characters (heck ya, I seriously do not want to read about another woman checking out her "piquant freckles" in the mirror. Really? Piquant?)
- Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip (well, duh)
- Never use an adverb to modify the verb "said"