How long or how short and how much cutting is a good idea?

Don’t miss an excellent article on the length of sentences and pieces of writing at Write to Done:

Here: http://writetodone.com/2013/06/10/how-miniskirts-will-make-your-prose-sexier-the-golden-rule-of-length/

Sometimes short is good. Sometimes long is good. It depends on how well you write and what you want to say.

Some cutting is nearly always a good idea, but it is all too possible to go to far.

 

One thought on “How long or how short and how much cutting is a good idea?

  1. Amy Deardon

    A timely topic for me! An hour ago I finished three weeks of cutting a novel (not mine) from 127K to 101K. No scenes cut, just verbiage. I want to go through again to get it to 90K — publishers will tell you long books are expensive to produce!

    I am a great believer in editing making the writing stronger. How to cut? I like to get out double modifiers, passive voice, adverbs, rabbit trails, irrelevant background, and so forth. It takes time, but makes the work stronger.

    Great post! Thank you.

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