The Perils of Purple Prose

I blog every fourth Wednesday at Live, Write, Thrive in a series called “Fatal Flaws in Fiction.” Here’s an excerpt from January’s blog.

What do you want people to experience when they read your novel? Do you want them to marvel at your fabulous writing skills? Are you hoping they’ll be impressed by your outstanding grasp of grammar? Perhaps you want to dazzle them with your exceptional vocabulary?

Or do you want them to experience a story?

Truth is, often times, you can either impress people with your prose or you can tell them a story, but you can’t do both. So many of my editing clients’ manuscripts are riddled with prose so filled with flowery language that the meaning is lost. I find myself offering the same advice over and over, my take on Nike’s slogan: Just say it.

Stop by Live, Write, Thrive to read the rest and share your thoughts.

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