Keeping it real
Posted 28 May 2003 - 09:06 AM
How do you keep from falling into the trap of using the same descriptions over and over in your weekly reviews? It's a constant struggle for me (there's some sort of devil on my shoulder urging me, "Just write 'delectable!' "), and I only publish a review once or twice a month.
Author, Hungry Monkey, coming in May
Posted 29 May 2003 - 06:25 AM
Most critics I know have words they personally ban from their work (“toothsome” is one of mine, and I try really hard to steer clear of “delicious”) and some of us also have terrific editors who remember that we used such-and-such a phrase three weeks earlier in our copy.
Instead of adjectives, I sometimes use mental pictures: “The phyllo cover was so light it practically floated” or whatever. The image conveys “good” or
“interesting” without resorting to those routine words.
Posted 29 May 2003 - 12:54 PM
I want to convey my sense of what I liked or didn’t without sounding too hifalutin. I think my favorite compliment for one of my articles is that it made the reader hungry.
ps..and I'm happy that I was able to use "hifalutin" in this question
Real Good Food
Posted 29 May 2003 - 01:46 PM
Another word I avoid: "affair". And I limit my use of "flavorful."