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Essay #24 (Stocking Stuffers) was already summarized here: https://wordplay11.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/chuck-palahniuk. Once I read these 13 writing tips, I wanted to find out more as I’m sure you will too.
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I’ve accessed one of Palahniuk’s 36 essays (#13 Nuts and Bolts — Punctuating with Gesture and Attribution) and summarized it here for your learning purposes. Happy reading!
Palahniuk forbids you to use thought verbs. What are thought verbs? Empty/weak/deadwood verbs. You know the ones.
- Thinks, Knows, Understands, Realizes, Believes, Wants, Imagines, Desires
- Loves, Hates, Forgets, Remembers
Original: Brenda knew she’d never make the deadline.
Revised: Brenda would never make the deadline.