Writing Advice #12

Never use “suddenly” or “all hell broke loose”.

A short tip today, but nicely tangible. We’ve got one cliche, and one word that’s just overused. You figure out which is which. “All hell broke loose” is not a phrase I ever use, just naturally. It’s not descriptive enough.

“Suddenly”, I do. My first stories used suddenly so much it became a like a word in a magic spell – meaningless. My problem was, how was I supposed to communicate that something happened unexpectedly and quickly? Writing doesn’t give you the luxury of timing. Right now, I just drop the suddenly, whenever I see it, without even looking at it. I’m still looking for the answer of how you make up for the loss, without resorting to cheap tricks.

Eric Juneau is a software engineer and novelist on his lunch breaks. In 2016, his first novel, Merm-8, was published by eTreasures. He lives in, was born in, and refuses to leave, Minnesota. You can find him talking about movies, video games, and Disney princesses at http://www.ericjuneaubooks.com where he details his journey to become a capital A Author.

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