Posts Tagged ‘writing advice’

Too Wordy?

Wordy is what I call it. Exaggerated exposition? Too much talk and not enough action. Too much description. Too many adverbs–ly words.  The reader gets bogged down in it all, so she closes the book. Be careful. Choose strong, meaningful words to move the story. Write tight.

Hemingway said his first editor at the Kansas City Star gave him a style sheet: “Use short sentences. Use short first paragraphs. Use vigorous English. Be positive, not negative.” Hemingway said it was “the best rules I ever learned for the business of writing.”

Maybe we can use the rules from that style sheet to tighten up our writing and improve the stories.

Great Advice for Writers from Delilah K. Stephans

Delilah Stephans, not only talented cover goddess for Muse It Up Publishing, but also author, shares her wisdom for writers in her February post, Sayings for Writers . One of her pearls of wisdom which hit home for me was the issue of too many points of view (POV) in a story. I learned about “head-hopping” when my new e-book was edited by Karen McGrath, Muse It Up Publishing. She helped me pare down the POV’s to make the mystery/light horror story easier to read and tighter.

Take time to click on the link for some interesting information for writers.

BTW my e-book, Sunshine Boulevard, will be released March 1 through Muse It Up Publishing.