It’s bad writing–or maybe weak writing–to overuse adverbs and adjectives in a sentence.
Lately I’ve read several books where the opening paragraphs go something like this:
It was a dark, stormy night. The woods were old and piney and filled with giant black flies.
It’s like someone teaches a basic creative writing class where they are told the formula for creative writing=
The last book I read before the excellent Cutting For Stoneopened with 10 sentences having that exact construct.
I don’t relish tearing apart another person’s creative work so rudely, but this has got to stop. Or maybe I should worry about the unfinished, unpublished log in my own eye.