Descriptive Language – A Steampunk Perspective

Bicyclist wearing practical bloomers. (Still looks like she's wearing a corset though.)

I am currently rereading Bill Bryson’s Down Under, as I am in the midst of writing travel blurbs and I needed some inspiration. Generally, when I read for pleasure, I switch off my internal editor. As I am reading for business, my editor remained on. And what I noticed was Bill’s lavish use of purple prose, as part of his toolbox for making his writing humorous.

Purple prose is overwriting and generally considered not a good thing. But purple prose was a very popular style in the Victorian era … even Dickens liked to dip his pen into the purple ink quite frequently.So don’t be too frightened to use words lavishly. Worse comes to worse, you can always edit them out.

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