Don’t try this in your initial draft.
Forget tight writing and let your book’s first draft flow. Then practice tight editing. As Strunk & White advise in The Elements of Style, retain only those words that earn their keep. No freeloaders.
In the process you’ll find many candidates for deletion.
Editors expect freelance writers to speak their language.
Especially if you’re new to the world of writing for magazines, newspapers, and websites, you’ll find these terms useful:
Takeaway. Editors want to know what benefit someone will receive by reading an article or nonfiction book. Use this as a key element when you ask if they’d be … Continue reading
Don’t write just for today’s readers.
At a garage sale this weekend, I bought a much-needed tube of sunscreen—and also a snowblower.
I used one immediately. I’ll need the other next winter—on a day with no need for sunscreen.