Writer’s Links 05/12/2014 (a.m.)

  • A good list of tips to help you with your re-writes.

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    • The easiest way to write well is to edit your writing.

      The best person to edit a manuscript, article or blog post is the author herself.

    • Leave your writing alone for a while
    • Pay attention to what jumps out at you as awkward.
    • You’ll catch clunky sentences, missing and repetitive words, and misspellings.
    • Make a list of your most common offenders. Then search for those words and see if you can take them out without altering your intended meaning.
    • Take a look at each sentence and see how many words you can cut out.
    • Check to make sure you put commas before direct address in dialog.
    • The most mutilated verbs are lay, sink, drag, swim, and shine.
    • Flowery verbs such as quizzed, extrapolated, exclaimed, and interjected, stick out. Instead, use said and asked, with an occasional replied or answered.
    • When sentences begin with “it was” and “there were,” readers are left wondering exactly what “it” is. These words are vague.

      “It was hot today” can easily be replaced with “the sun baked his shoulders,” which paints a clearer picture. Think: strong nouns and verbs.

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