–Sondi Warner, Writer/Blogger for Wrought Iron Reads
Here are a few quick tips to tighten your writing and create better stories. Tell us what tricks YOU use in the comments section below. Happy writing!
- Tighten your focus. Reduce your audience to your most essential reader. Whether that is your agent, your editor, an imaginary composite or the author who inspired you to write, make it personal and challenge yourself to completely satisfy the needs of one reader.
- Establish a desired word count. Before you begin a project, have a feel for the length and pacing of your story. Utilize an outline to keep on track and eliminate the superflous. Now you’re ready to write your draft, and you can lose the rules for a while until the work is complete.
- Eliminate unnecessary words. Once you’re done drafting your story, it’s time to get rid of anything you don’t need. There are a number of lists, like the one below, to keep handy when editing. Find and chop unnecessary words. Be generous with your cuts. Just remember that sometimes a word needs to be “unpacked” rather than eliminated (i.e., unpack emotions by using body language to make clear what your characters feel.)
Tighter writing is better writing. Give the ideas above a try.