Carver has a distinct writing style, a strong, minimalist approach that critics often compare to the writing of Ernest Hemingway and Anton Chekhov. Carver liked to focus on down-and-out, blue-collar, middle-class people facing bleak truths, disappointments, and small revelations in their ordinary lives, all subject matter that places him firmly in the “dirty realism” school of writing. Other dirty realism writers include Bobbie Ann Mason, Ann Beattie, and Richard Ford. Besides the style and subject matter, Carver’s short stories are known for their dialogue, which mimics realistic speech patterns, and their abrupt endings—also called zero endings—that fail to tie up the story neatly, if at all.
This article seems to be leading to misinterpretation, by which some writers think that adjectives and adverbs are OUT. Delete them.
I was editing today and found this sentence filled with adjectives: but damn me if I can take out any one of them…
*** It always reminded him of that first Christmas with the family, the baroness, wrapped in quilts in her big wing chair before the fire, supervising the baron with his magnificent waxed moustaches, and with his powerful square hands hanging dainty glass ornaments on the branches, “Yes my love,” he murmured, “yes my love…” ***
I suppose it could be pared down to …
They trimmed the Christmas tree.
Steinbeck’s initial novels, Cup of Gold (1929), The Pastures of Heaven (1932) and To a God Unknown (1933) did not bring him much success. However, Tortilla Flat (1935) gave Steinbeck a first taste of recognition and popularity by winning the California Commonwealth Club’s Gold Medal. The novel, with a hint of humor is a story revolving around a group of Mexican Americans. It was made into a film of the same title in 1942. Tortilla Flat was followed by In Dubious Battle (1936), a story about a strike by agricultural laborers. Next to be published was the Novella, Of Mice and Men (1937) also adapted to film and play versions, the novel bears the story of an intricate relationship between two migrant workers.