Editing Exercise – Tighten Your Writing

We as writers love words and we love using them. But most of the time less is more. The below exercise will help with tightening up your writing.

Take a draft of a story, essay or scene that you think is fairly close to being complete. Copy it into a new file or print out (whichever way you prefer to work). Do a word count, and then cut one quarter of the words. Yes, you read this correctly. Leave only three-quarters of your work. This is designed to help you tighten your writing. You’re forced to make choices, lose adjectives and adverbs, thus moving you closer to what you really want to say.

Have a great week.

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