I often weed as I write. (My inner editor is the intrusive type. It does help to send her on errands though...:)
What kinds of things do I look for? I look to eliminate the fluff, or empty phrases. For example:
- free gift
- at the present time
- thought to myself
- end result
- the honest truth
- large in size
- past history
- repeat again
When considering whether to yank one of these phrases out of my carefully penned prose, I wonder…
- Why wouldn't a gift be free. If it isn't, do I want it?
- Can you think to anyone but yourself?
- Doesn’t the result usually signify some end?
- What exactly is the honest truth? Is there a dishonest truth?
- If large isn’t a size, what is it?
- Isn’t all history past?
- Why would I need to repeat something again?
How are you at weeding the excess from your writing? What do you look for to help tighten and polish?
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