I’m sure that it’s a good sign that so many readers (more than 200 when I last checked) have been moved to reveal the words they most loathe seeing in book reviews in the comments section following Bob Harris’s Paper Cuts post on “Seven Deadly Words for Reviewers.” (For the record, Harris’s own seven selections are: “poignant,” “compelling,” “intriguing,” “eschew,” “craft [used as a verb],” “muse [used as a verb],” and “lyrical.”) I mean, it’s nice that so many people actually care about the craft. Right?
But heap on all the added outlaws, and a reviewer facing four current review assignments (that would be yours truly) might become, well, a bit intimidated. Perhaps even blocked.
I’ll try not to let that happen–and I’ll try as well to avoid some of the worst offenders in my writing.
Hope you all have a great weekend! (Practicing Writer subscribers can look forward to receiving the April issue of our free monthly newsletter tomorrow–so of course it will be a great weekend for them!)
P.S. I’d like to welcome all our new blog readers arriving at Practicing Writing via Jeffrey Yamaguchi’s excellent 52 Projects. Please come back often!