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Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 5:38:30 AM

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An oft-published writer buddy (primarily fantasy) recently posted this on FaceBook. Feel free to cuss, discuss, and/or add your own advice.

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Final final manuscript revision before printing and submitting to my agent (now) always involves the same procedure:

delete 95% of adverbs and strengthen the verbs instead.
delete 95% of: was, all, some, that, quite, rather, then, etc;
delete 90% of dialogue tags in 2-person conversations and replace with action beats.

This process usually drops (no lie) 7-8k from my final word count and should make my personal grammar Nazi *cough, cough* much happier.

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwords.[/ - ROBERT HEINLEIN

Schemers Scheme -- young women talking about young men

OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

For Whom the Good Tolls an 'RR' and it's short, no kidding

Guest
Posted: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 5:49:40 PM

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I would agree this is 100% correct.
Mendalla
Posted: Sunday, July 2, 2017 5:47:33 PM

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Not sure I do that consciously so can't be sure what % I hit but those are the sorts of things that tend to happen when I am editing. I will try to be more conscious about it in future.

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https://www.storiesspace.com/mendalla/stories
Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 12:23:02 PM

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BUMP

Why: Because it's good advice which many Story Space prose pushers should read and heed, imo.

glasses8

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwords.[/ - ROBERT HEINLEIN

Schemers Scheme -- young women talking about young men

OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

For Whom the Good Tolls an 'RR' and it's short, no kidding

elizabethblack
Posted: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 4:13:10 PM

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This does sound like something to pay attention to like Mendalla said. Why if I ever write anything again I will try to remember.

Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Thursday, March 1, 2018 5:14:25 PM

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Elizabeth, while I do hope you'll get back to writing someday, I sure hope it won't cut down on the number of super comments you share with we poor struggling scribblers. ;)

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwords.[/ - ROBERT HEINLEIN

Schemers Scheme -- young women talking about young men

OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

For Whom the Good Tolls an 'RR' and it's short, no kidding

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