Posted on 06/05/2019 at 11:18 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Most of you probably knew (or at least suspected) that you were destined to become a writer during your school years.

Back then, your classmates bemoaned long writing assignments, while you scratched your head in bemusement — churning out pages was the least of your troubles.

Still, though, more words aren’t necessarily better.

Author Tara East has five suggestions for trimming a bloated manuscript:

1. Cut filter words.

2. Tighten your sentences.

3. Remove unnecessary scenes.

4. Take out unnecessary characters.

5. Cut down dialogue tags.

Even if you’re not prone to overwriting, East still wants you to consider these tips, which she explains in further detail on The Creative Penn.

Categories: Behind the scenes

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1. To cut, and filter words where to have done so may be a way in which to tighten, and to there by make clearer the story's overall content of the storyline. However, when editing ultimately leads to a very limited point of view # 2 could in fact be more of a literary buzz kill. Even with the ability to portray the flow of a given story where it should have become even more focused, however, it might also make the story's point of view harder to be reached its readers. 3. When removing unnecessary scenes, was there also a deletion of what could have been an avenue by which to carry the storyline into the very next scene? If we take out what may be deemed as # 4 unnecessary characters, do we in fact also curtail a viable vehicle by which to transcend the story from scene to scene to its final conclusion? In a good story, Should an author reduce the dialogue # 5 where the logical progression may be greatly hampered by incorporating such a strategy? Each and every Major, laughed at the idea of filming, "West World." I wonder how well Stephen King would take such critiques, of portion of his always in demand work?
ALBERT | 06/05/2019 at 01:49 PM
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