Monday, June 21, 2010

KM Weiland -- Ten Writing Rules

Let me point you to author KM Weiland's blog. She has some of the best content for writers I've found. I include her ten-list for keeping writing concise, which I have paraphrased, perhaps tweaked with my prejudice.

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  1. Ditch the unnecessary. Reached out a hand for his glass. Stood up.
  2. Resist the urge to explain. Even in tags, such as “screeched” or “purred” or “stuttered.”
  3. Don’t repeat yourself.
  4. Active prose.
    Passivity bloats sentences, and saps energy.
    Active verbs convey meaning clearly and colorfully.
  5. Cut clich├ęs, which are dead weight--they add nothing new or vibrant to our prose.
  6. Cut ambiguities. Every sentence must make sense, be sharp and distinct, in every detail. A foot away, never about a foot.
  7. Weigh the flourish. Does it propel the story?
  8. Kill the language intended to impress. Whereas.
  9. There is no room for semicolons, colons, and parentheses in fiction. Keep it simple with comas and periods.
  10. Chop modifiers. Strong nouns and verbs are always better than those nasty ADJs and ADVs.
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