Shout out to Jen Brinn of the Cat Vacuuming Society Writers Group of Northern Virginia for sending this in!

“Few mistakes sour good writing like nominalizations, or, as Helen Sword likes to call them, zombie nouns.  Zombie nouns transform simple and straightforward prose into verbose and often confusing writing. Keep your nouns away from elongating nominalizations!”

Lesson by Helen Sword, animation by Bran Dougherty-Johnson.

About the author

DayAlMohamed Day Al-Mohamed is author of the Young Adult novel, “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.” She is also co-editor for the anthology, “Trust & Treachery” from Dark Quest Books. In addition to speculative fiction, she also writes comics and film scripts. She is an active member of the Cat Vacuuming Society of Northern Virginia Writing Group, of Women in Film and Video, and a graduate of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop.