Posted on August 6, 2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

While your books might not necessarily have a specific word count, you don’t want them to feel wordy, especially if they're in an action-heavy genre.

Editor Louise Harnby has three tricks to tightening up your novel — and these are nice low-hanging fruit for you to attack.

She explains why you should review your use of filter words, speech tags, and action beats (and describes these concepts in full) in a post on her blog about how to write a leaner thriller.

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