Are you a Wordy Writer?
Want proof? Scan my past posts. Many are l-o-n-g. Too long.
Wordy writing is one of Twelve Troublemakers that plague me as a writer. I’m exploring one a week. This is the eighth in the series.
Three Tips for Wordy Writers
Admit you’re a member of the Wordy Writers Club. Naming a problem is the first step toward conquering it.
Be willing to ask for help. Recognizing wordy writing can be difficult for those of us who don’t write tight. We can invite others, such as critique partners, to point out places in our stories where we’ve said too much.
Cut the excess. We Wordy Writers need to make friends with our delete keys. Getting rid of our painstakingly crafted words can be tough. I console myself with two thoughts:
- Cutting gets easier with practice.
- There are many more words where those I cut came from.
On Wednesday, I’ll share a list of Weasel Words, those pesky little critters that wiggle their way into our stories but add no value.
Your Thoughts . . . and a Drawing
Are you a Wordy Writer? If so, how do you deal with it?
If you’re not a Wordy Writer, what tips can you offer those of us who are?
One person who leaves a comment will win the weasel pictured above. If you don’t have a use for this cute little Folkmanis finger puppet, you could always share it with a child or grandchild. Plus, I’ll add a surprise for you.
I’ll include the winner’s name in my Monday, April 4th post, when I introduce the next of the Twelve Troublemakers.
Rigid, the Rules-obsessed Raccoon from last Monday’s post goes to Lacie Nezbeth.