Finding the Diamonds in Your Creative Writing with Bryony Pearce

Good things come in threes. And today, I’m happy to welcome my third 2008 SCBWI Undiscovered Voices winner to the blog. Steve Hartley and Sara Grant have already offered some excellent advice on writing for comic effect and knocking your first draft into shape. Here’s what Bryony Pearce has to say about the careful use of adjectives and adverbs. Continue reading

Avoiding Adverbs

After the Plain or Fancy post from Gillian Cross, I got to thinking about adverbs. How and when should we use them? Is right to cull a manuscript of the little blighters? Or do they have a role to play in our prose. I came to an interesting conclusion. Continue reading

Gillian Cross Shares the Secret to Keeping Things Simple

I’m delighted and honoured to welcome to the blog today Carnegie Medal winner, Gillian Cross, who has some revealing things to say about writing style.

Plain and Fancy

I once told another writer that I try to avoid using adverbs and adjectives unless they’re absolutely necessary. He looked at me as though I was crazy. ‘But adverbs are where it’s at,’ he said.

I went away feeling incompetent. How could I call myself a writer if I couldn’t even manage a few measly adverbs. Was my writing laughably simple and lacking in refinement? Maybe I should try a more elaborate style. Continue reading