Saturday, July 2, 2011
Editing for conciseness is one of things I loved doing in Print Futures. I love the idea of still saying the same thing, but in less words. In editing my own work this way, I realized quickly I had two nasty darlings; "very" and "really". I would like to think it's because I have so much enthusiasm for life that I was trying to emphasize everything, but when every couple sentences is sporting one of those, it gets annoying quickly. The funny thing is, when I started taking them out, my writing felt stronger. The first thing I do when anyone asks me to "look something over" is take out those two words. I'm really very sorry, but no ones ever missed them.