February 17th, 2005

Illustmaker me

Writer's intuition

Over at fanficrants, I've gotten into the "Use 'said'"/"Never use 'said'" business again. I've had the adverb fight. I generally agree with Stephen King that thesauruses (properly thesauri, but who bothers, right?) are almost as creepy as Cliff's Notes ("Any word you have to look up in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule," King wrote in "Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully... in Ten Minutes"). In general, I'm in favor of "said," avoid adverbs (though not with any particular animosity), and believe in using the vocabulary that I've mastered and am comfortable with rather than using ten dollar words that I may know but have never used in conversation before.

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