“Keep a strict eye on eulogistic & dyslogistic adjectives—They shd diagnose (not merely blame) & distinguish (not merely praise.)”
I ran across this gem of writerly advice, written by C.S. Lewis, in a Slate article today. It sets standards that I routinely fail to meet — this blog falls back on “extraordinary” and “wonderful” and their bland cousins more often than I would like to admit — but it helps to have them articulated so clearly.
Living up to them will be another matter.