Embellishing words

August 31, 2011
In the old days, gaudy embellishments were beat out of us in journalism school.

(Not so much, anymore. But true back in the day.)

As a result, I’ve had to learn to embellish my words.

It’s like getting dressed.

First, I put on the outfit.

Then, I accessorize.

Sometimes, I use too many accessories

and have to edit.

Other times, I don’t have enough,

and must add.

In my own writing, gaudy’s a step too far.

But embellishing is still required.

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2 comments on “Embellishing words
  1. impishmuse says:

    Embellishment is fun and fabulous. I try to give my students lots of words when they are writing an essay. A sentence should be seen, heard, smelled and tasted if it is good. Most writers leave out the sounds and smells when they are writing creatively.

    When I am writing a news story I like to use alliteration…it seems to be the fastest creative writing skill that I can use in such a short story. Unfortunately there is little creative writing in any format anymore. 🙁

    Good luck with your contest! I would have written this regardless. I like reading what you write.


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