Jane Espenson (from interview with Advocate.com)
For character development of course.
I miss my OCs right now.
When people don’t like aspects of my characters.
Write a descriptive scene without the use of any adjectives or adverbs.
Adjectives and adverbs can be that extra sprinkle a scene needs. You might have heard the phrase “The road to hell is paved in adverbs”, a quote from Stephen King’s book, “On Writing”. But have you seen that quote in it’s necessary context?
Using adverbs and adjectives most effectively often means to learn how to write without them, that way you know each time you use them, and that way you can focus on using them only when a stronger verb or sentence structure or what have you won’t suffice. You might be using these modifying words more often than you think you do.
So, in this exercise, use only strong words in your passage. No adjectives. No adverbs.
If this exercise doesn’t make you cry, or at least break out into a sweat, you are a master of the universe.
Make sure to tag your post with “ksw exercise”!
Write your character being taken care of by someone younger than them.
Make a lax scene tension filled.
That very childish bit of my mind immediately thought laxative scenes filled with tension- too easy.