Monday, January 7, 2013
Start new projects?
Scan the horizon for opportunities?
It makes me do all of the above, and reflect on events and things I've learned in the previous year.
While sifting through writing tips that impacted me in 2012, my thoughts rested on timeless advice.
You know, the kind that sticks and finds application in everything you write.
The first tidbit that popped into my head came from an info sheet entitled Weedy Words. It was included with my course materials from the Institute of Children's Literature.
It spoke of the importance of weeding unnecessary words, not only to meet word counts, but for sharp prose. To my newbie thinking, I was axing precious verbiage. I learned, though, that crisp writing didn't mean sacrificing good content. This advice continues to have a huge impact on my work.
What ageless pearls of wisdom have influenced your writing?
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