Our evenings and weekends are consumed with writing, it seems. This is what deadlines do to people. They hover, always reminding you of their presence. The funny thing is, it’s mostly editing that my husband and I are working on. We have to take a previous book he did and change its format, so there’s a lot of cutting and trying to say the same thing with fewer words. One of the rules in The Elements of Style by Strunk and White, is #17, “Omit needless words.” No easy feat for people who love words, I’ll tell you that! Hard to believe there even is such a thing as a needless word.
You would think a little snipping and cutting would be easy, but it’s not. Which words to snip and cut? And the ones left over, how to condense? How do we turn 127 words into 55 and still say the same thing? Well, okay, Darc does that part. I just do the cutting. I’m going to make a t-shirt for myself – “Runs with <del>”.
And how was your Memorial Day Weekend?
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