10/18/2010 01:40 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Grammar Pet Peeves: Alexander McCall Smith Begs For Fewer Adjectives In Writing

I am not at all sure--convinced, certain, persuaded--that creative-writing courses are a good idea unless they prevent people from writing sentences like this one, where adjectives--useful, helpful, intensely descriptive words--are stacked upon one another as Pelion used to be piled upon Ossa. Phew! That sentence took some writing and ended, you will have noticed, with a rather useful classical allusion. Thank you.

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