Instead of adjectives, great writers often use verbs. Their characters do, and they are always doing. In this example from Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes, a Mother and Father have recently lost a child to crib death, and the doctor has pronounced the child dead. Notice how the paragraph feels descriptive, but is actually more full of verbs than adjectives.. . .
The word “that” makes the sentence weak. It loses some of its punch and makes the writer sound apologetic. Go through your latest blog or chapter in a book and take out the word “that” as many times as you can. Treat it like a cuss word from now on, that is, it’s okay to use sometimes, but sparingly and only when it actually can’t be removed.. . .