Daily Writing Tip 10 of 100, Keep It Specific

For one hundred days, I’m going to post a writing tip each day. I have a whole bookshelf full of writing books and I want to do some reading and increased studying of this valuable resource. This will help me keep track of anything I’ve learned, and help motivate me to keep going. If anyone has a favorite tip of their own to add, contact me. I’d love to put it up here.

Today’s tip – Keep It Specific

Source – A Manual Of Writer’s Tricks, by David L. Carroll

Don’t say dog. Say cocker spaniel. Don’t say house. Say cottage. Or vicarage. Or split-level. Or shack. Avoid general statements filled with lackluster parts of speech.

Life is too short to live in something as generic as a house. It’s a lot more fun to live in a moss-covered stone cottage or a 50’s era split-level, full of ghosts of cigarettes and big hair – or in a shotgun shack. Yes, life is too short.