"..a heavy traffic problem or the congested traffic situation. Besides being stuffy, these nouns are vauge" (9)
Oh, how witty. I suppose this is the kind of writing we aren't supposed to include in our articles though.
who also had writing experience (common knowledge for writers), once told a young correspondent, 'When you catch an adjective, kill it.' He softened that a litte: 'No, I don't mean that utterly, but kill most of them-- then the rest will be valuable. They weaken when they are close together, they give strength when wide apart" (13).
This is a very important lesson for all writers: creative, ournalistic, whatever. Take this piece of advice to heart. When I was young, I loaded my stories and work with those "ly" words. As I reread the work, they became the enemy. It was horrible, overdone, unnecessary and made my work look bloated. It is possible to describe scenery, people, events without them.
At the same time, don't cut them all out. (The next phase I went through.) There are some places they are useful, even necessary. It's a fine line though. Adjectives can make or break as story/written work.