Unnecessary information has been discarded, and the wording is more concise. As Wydick acknowledges, these sticky words perform a vital service. Writing is not nearly as much fun as it was, because no matter how polished I think it is, I learn that there's a new thing I have to avoid. For example, in the following sentence, the words in bold are all glue words. As such craft is not art. You might have also noticed that the sentence sounded a bit stilted. An adhesive plaster is in popular language a sticking-plaster.
You might be able to reduce the words used to describe the action, or present it more the way Pete actually perceived it. If that's something Pete would think of, and if Jimmy had nodded earlier, it might be appropriate. What do glue words look like? You need an editing tool that also highlights style issues and compares your writing to the best writers in your genre. That might include noticing that many successful authors tend to use more or less of a certain kind of word than unsuccessful ones, but the key thing here isn't just to copy them by rote, but to find out how that difference alters the effect of the writing. Utilised because of adhesive qualities for throwing at a target as darts. The stiff, wet clay, adhesive to the foot, impeded progress. Few people buy lawbooks, or any reference type book to read.
Useful for scientific reports but not for literature. Sometimes it's absolutely necessary to use sentences that are passive. This word us hook onto sentences. But statistics show that published writing has a low percentage of glue words, so always go back and reassess your sticky sentences. Kukana, I know what you are talking about and I feel your pain. The radio clicked off in the room below.
What is a sticky word? I ran in to a new one, for me anyway. Do you want to keep reading, or are you bored? Australian Aboriginal Proverb The secret is not to dream. Critting has become a matter of combing manuscripts for bad words and so on, which has made it pretty much not fun. Yet there are writers who give me fits, but other people tell me I'm a philistine for not appreciating such prose. The radio went off on the second floor.
The radio went off on the second floor. Academic writing shouldn't be mechanical because it puts readers to sleep, but if the subject is sufficiently interesting readers will plough through it anyway. The Crossword Solver found 37 answers to the adhesive crossword clue. Silent Winter wrote: I suppose it can be helpful to some people to point out that their sentences aren't reading smoothly - and make suggestions to improve it. Just not mention Jimmy after the conversation ends? In the first one, you can't really say, He climbed the ladder. The counting exercises might have some use in academic and business writing, or perhaps political speech writing, but I believe they have no place in story-telling and only serve to confuse and distract the author.
. Kukana's original sentence was With a last commander's nod, Jimmy was off down the hall and disappearing down the stairway. Ideally, your sentences should contain fewer than 45% glue words. But nobody wants to read a mechanical, overly self-conscious, bland story. Just use them as a tool as a way of improving your prose. The most successful people in the world have coaches. Going on a search and destroy mission that's targeted at certain words is not really the fix.
For instance, to go off is a verb that doesn't mean entirely the same as to go, and the phrase on the second floor is an adverbial phrase of place. Prepositions don't occur in back-to-back, except in the case of phrases. The eggs are small, about twenty to the inch, and are adhesive. Before heading off home, we agreed that I would call her up next week. Sometimes all you want to say is that something 'is'.
I'm not sure how to get rid of the words this program finds offensive without creating some very odd sentences. In any case these words can flag where you can be more descriptive in your writing. That said, I would love glue words highlighted. This is a really awesome thought, an person with years of experience watching the generations bloom and mature, but this awesome thought is rendered in very common, well worn words. You could say he climbed, but that lacks specificity. She walked down the hallway to the parlor.