Woot! This makes three weeks in a row that I have done a Pin It Saturday. I am getting used to this whole schedule thing and it so helps when I am trying to prepare a weeks worth of blogs so work doesn’t get in the way.
Let’s get into it.
On Pinterest I found a list of 16 rules for writing fiction by Kurt Vonnegut. I am going to be straight up honest with you, I have no idea who Kurt Vonnegut is. After a quick search I found a few of his books and recognized one of his books “Slaughterhouse-Five” Now, I have never read this book, I just remember hearing the name.
HERE you can find some information about him on Wikipedia, because most of that stuff is true…right?
Anyways, here is the image of the information (straight from the article). You should be able to click the image and enlarge it.
I don’t want to talk about all the rules, just number 4. Since I have been reading so many more books lately and books by new authors, I have noticed the importance of a sentence, paragraph, or scene. I have noticed that a lot of self-published authors have this issue where something could have been left out, but they kept it for some unknown reason.
Not all of them, and I am not knocking self-published authors. Honestly, I admire all of them and love reading their stories. But it seems that a few have refused the important step of editing their work before they throw it to the wolves. The wolves in this particular scenario is, of course, the readers. Because as readers, we will tear into a piece of work and tell you EVERYTHING that is wrong with your work. I support all indie authors, but I support editing your work too.
As a writer myself, I can see how we can let a sentence slide because we think it’s important. Or…we just can’t stand the idea of cutting up our babies. Maybe we do it for the word count, but in the end, we know it’s better to have quality over quantity. Do parents still teach their kids that?
I challenge all writers to take a closer look at your work. Get rid of the sentences that do not help the progression of the story. Find a new way to say what you want and nix all the fluffy stuff that only bores the reader to death. As a reader, I don’t want to read a bunch of pointless stuff. I want to know all about your characters, I just don’t want to know how they take a shower, unless it benefits the story some how.
Have you ever come across a sentence of a story that just felt like it should have been cut in editing? What about in your own writing, how many times have you had to cut your own words to help the story flow better?