While it can feel like extra work, removing unnecessary words will improve the manuscript and train your writing brain to use them less in your next story.
I used “now” throughout the manuscript, which is odd for a story occurring in the past. #amwriting #amediting #amwritingfantasy #thelostroyals
Sometimes, many words are preferable, even when a single one would suffice.
It’s the first day of a new year, which generally means resolutions and other pledges of life changes, blabbity-blah. This isn’t quite one of those.
As someone who’s reviewed thousands of pages, I know that many people are satisfied with their first draft.
Writing a post like this is great because it allows me to show the evolution of the writing, literally as I’m writing it. #thelostroyals
Some words were simply unnecessary; some made the sentence drag; and some were too passive.
I’d recently set a target of 3,000 to 4,000 words to keep the reading effort light, while also making it feel like the story kept moving. I was missing the mark.
Flash fiction seemed the perfect way to churn out little stories I didn’t want to expand.