Kill Your Lazy Darlings

During the editing process you need to cut, cut, cut. In writing, economy is gold: too many words can spoil a sentence and distract the reader. In my novels I end up cutting from 10,000 to 20,000 words from an average first draft of 100,000 words. Everybody is guilt of lazy writing and that’s fine with your first […]

Sentence Writing 101 – Decision and Conclusions

If this is your first stop, you’ve missed the Introduction, Decision, Excision, Precision, Concision, and Incision. Narrative is a different kind of prose. It’s not journalism, and it has to render rather than report. O Tempora, o Mores*,  what is accepted today as good narrative prose is different from books and novels of the past. Flowery prose, pedantic descriptions, passive […]

Playing with words

New writers often think they can write something once and move on. In today’s world, they hit the ‘publish’ button as soon as the first draft reaches “The End”. Experienced writers know that our work needs to be cut, added to, polished, reworked. Even the slightest change can add depth or give your readers more […]

Sentence Writing 101 – Concision

If this is your first stop, you’ve missed the Introduction, Decision, Excision, and Precision. Narrative is a different kind of prose. It’s not journalism, and it has to render rather than report. O Tempora, o Mores*,  what is accepted today as good narrative prose is different from books and novels of the past. Flowery prose, pedantic descriptions, passive […]

Sentence Writing 101 – Precision

If this is your first stop, you’ve missed the Introduction, Decision, and Excision. Narrative is a different kind of prose. It’s not journalism, and it has to render rather than report. O Tempora, o Mores*,  what is accepted today as good narrative prose is different from books and novels of the past. Flowery prose, pedantic descriptions, passive […]

Sentence Writing 101 – Excision

If this is your first stop, you’ve missed the Introduction, and Decision. Narrative is a different kind of prose. It’s not journalism, and it has to render rather than report. O Tempora, o Mores*,  what is accepted today as good narrative prose is different from books and novels of the past. Flowery prose, pedantic descriptions, passive […]

Sentence Writing 101 – Decision

If this is your first stop, you’ve missed the Introduction. Narrative is a different kind of prose. It’s not journalism, and it has to render rather than report. O Tempora, o Mores*,  what is accepted today as good narrative prose is different from books and novels of the past. Flowery prose, pedantic descriptions, passive voices that […]

Sentence Writing 101 – Introduction

Narrative is a different kind of prose. It’s not journalism, and it has to render rather than report. O Tempora, o Mores*,  what is accepted today as good narrative prose is different from books and novels of the past. Flowery prose, pedantic descriptions, passive voices that were part of the accepted narrative styles of even half […]

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