SATW: 60 Second Travel Writer #5 – Descriptors
The English language has millions of words – a veritable buffet. But like a buffet, sometimes we overindulge.
Strong verbs and nouns are keys to great prose. Adjectives and adverbs are not always your friends. If you’re writing about a jungle, there’s probably no need to describe it as a “lush, green jungle,” unless it isn’t. Same with describing a nuclear explosion as powerful – or winter in the Artic Circle as frigid—unless it isn’t.
Which evokes the livelier image: traffic that moved very slowly or traffic that crawled? A vendor that loudly called out his prices or a vendor who shouted them? A sun that reflects brightly off the snow or snow that glistens?
By choosing a strong noun or verb, you also save words, which makes you a hero to an editor and, more important to a busy reader.