The Color Purple

Purple is the color of passion. Purple can also describe the passion we apply to writing. Flowery descriptions can overshadow the message we're trying to convey. It's called purple prose.And it weighs down our writing. Next time you write a piece ask yourself if you can say it with less adjectives and adverbs. My writing colleague who graciously edits my work says, "Show, don't tell." Sometimes it's a matter of a well-placed metaphor rather than a long flowery description. Aim for economy of words to create a vivid picture for your reader--one of many colors, not just purple.

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