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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Word Choice /Call for Submissions

More tips on Word Choice.

1.      Be aware of the overuse of adverbs. Instead, focus on action verbs to tell the tale. She ran paints a generalized picture. Try hurried, sprinted, or loped for a specific movement. 

2.      Read the story aloud to see if the words flow naturally. If the tongue trips over some, try rewriting for more natural prose. If you read aloud to an audience, such as a critique group or reading club, you’ll also reap the benefits of constructive criticism. The feedback can point out the parts that work and those that need more revision.
3.      Trim the word count. If every word is not necessary, cut it. In revision, I usually delete several words and sentences. Redundancy bores the reader and bogs down the story. 

The right words can bring a story to life as if creating a movie in the reader’s mind. Words are the basic building blocks for writers. Razzle-dazzle your writing with choices that surprise and delight the readers.            

Call for submissions for adult writers:
CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: Stories about Cats We love stories about our cats. They are part of our families or perhaps it might be better to say that they allow us to think of them as family! We include them in our celebrations and buy them gifts for special occasions. They have a special place in our lives and in our hearts. What do you do to make your cat feel special? What does your cat expect from you? How has having a cat changed your life? We know you'll have many great stories for us about how you cater to your cat and how your cat is included in your family. Stories can be serious or humorous... or both. The deadline for story and poem submissions is August 31, 2013. 

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  1. Ah, revising... I need to find about 30,000 unnecessary words in my WIP to cut. 8-( No easy task. I'd better get to it.

  2. Remember to save those words you cut. They might be put to good use in another manuscript. That's a tip that Mary Higgins Clark gave. If the words don't work in one manuscript, they might in another.