Posts tagged ‘revision’

May 15 2019
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Writers, master the art of word economy

Writers, master the art of word economy

Adapted from a 2016 Center post about how to pare down a first draft by looking at specific elements of the writing, one at a time. Word economy is the practice of using fewer words to say more. For less practiced writers, it means revising your work to eliminate redundant, unnecessary, cliché, or weak language to make your writing stronger and clearer. Once you practice word economy enough during revision, you will teach yourself how…

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Oct 17 2018
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Over-write first for a better final draft

Over-write first for a better final draft

You’ve heard the age-old writing advice “show, don’t tell,” right? We try to incorporate as many sensory details as we can, and to rely on imagery as much as simple, declarative sentences. But no matter what kind of prose you’re writing, you can turn ordinary action, like making a sandwich, into a showing scene by first over-writing it. You might be asking, what do you mean, over-write? Aren’t I supposed to use word economy, cut…

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Sep 12 2018
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Writers, revise or edit? How and when to do both

Writers, revise or edit? How and when to do both

You’ve written something that really excites you. After the initial adrenaline rush of creative energy subsides, you can see the writing has, well, issues. You were rushing, so there are misspellings. You know in your head that this character is good and that one is villainous, but you aren’t sure it’s coming across that way. And this flashback, does it make sense at the beginning or near the middle of your story or chapter? And…

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Apr 22 2015
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For National Poetry Month, some poetry news

For National Poetry Month, some poetry news

Updates on some NaPoMo activities: 1. First, I learned this week that the Library of Congress has made a staggering 2,000 recordings from the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature available to stream online, for the first time ever. The newly digitized recordings span 75 years of poetry readings and performances, most of which were previously only available “on magnetic tape reels that [could] only be listened to at the library.” Until now! According to…

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