Editing and Proofreading

How to Write Quickly: My Writing Process

I finished reading Still Writing by Dani Shapiro a little while back. I learned a lot from that book and, as I was reading it, I got the impression that Dani and I are very different types of writer (and, for that matter, different types of people). Here’s something Dani had to say about writing that just did not click with me: Let’s face it: most of us are perfectionists. […]

10 Tricks to Cut Your Word Count

Yes, I know. I keep banging on about how important it is to cut useless words out of your writing. And I’m not about to stop now, because useless words make your writing a slog to read. Gross. 1. Use Better Verbs We’ve talked about this before. It’s probably my favourite trick for reducing your word count (and making your writing more exciting, obvs). What do I mean by using […]

A Practical Guide to Eliminating Excess Words

A couple of weeks ago I talked about how to make your writing slick as fuck. But perhaps that’s not as easy as I made it sound. If you’re not used to cutting out your own words, how do you identify which ones need the boot? How do you murder your darlings, swiftly and objectively? Before you begin this exercise, there are two things to remember: You must not try […]

How to Make Your Writing Slick as Fuck

I’m about to share with you my number one tip for improving your writing tenmillionfold. Yes, TENMILLIONFOLD. It’s very simple, but most people find it hard to do. Are you ready? Here it is: Cut out ALL unnecessary words. Use the fewest words possible to convey your meaning. Brutally cut out all words that do not need to be there. I’m not kidding: be an asshole to your words. Delete […]