Jill put flowers up at 7×20

Jill put flowers, reprinted from NanoismWee bio. And one more thing.

I’m also finding myself somewhat in agreement with this Tumblr post I came across, kind of ironically, on Twitter.  Self-Loathing 101: Thought Verbs by Chuck Palahniuk.

While I agree that there are some writing teachers and bits of writing advice out there designed to belittle you/make them feel superior/make you write like them, among other things, I do think Palahnuik’s challenge on getting rid of thought verbs is a great one, and probably isn’t the best example that could have been used to make the point.



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  1. September 11th, 2011 | Andy says:

    This makes me want to go through Chuck Palahniuk’s books and find all the times he uses “thought verbs.”

    Seems like a good rule to keep in mind–but there are certainly times to break it.

    I enjoy your blog, Shelley. It’s very inspirational.

  2. September 16th, 2011 | Shelley says:

    Thanks, Andy! I’m sure if you went through his books, you’d find some. 🙂

    I agree there are times to break any rule. He makes a good point for beginners especially, though, because so often things are glossed over with words like felt, knew, remembered and such, when writing things out and letting the reader figure that out would be better.

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