Eventually I’m going to stop blogging and just re-post Ramona DeFelice Long’s advice on writing. That’s how good I think it is!
Writing economically makes a story more engaging and readable. These tips are not about massive revision or changing scenes. They explain ways to trim the unnecessary from what’s already written.
- Write in the active voice rather than the passive voice. “Was” phrases and gerunds (-ing words) add one word with each use.
~ He was standing becomes He stood.
~ She was beating the dog becomes She beat the dog.
~ He was thinking about becomes He thought.
- Remove words that don’t add value to the story.
~ Superfluous words like really, just, even, sort of, kind of, basically, actually, that, very add to word count, but little to content.
- Remove sentences that must be explained.
~ Something was wrong – Instead of making this announcement, tell what’s wrong.
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