This is a quote from a college professor long ago. Is this how you write?
I would never get a book written or finished for that matter if I was hung up on every word. Although I enjoy being creative with words and that brings out the pleasure of writing. Instead of it being a sacrifice and pick and choose what you say instead of letting it flow out naturally!
Freedom for self expression is all in not holding back the divinity of words.
Yes, it is. Economic use of words does produce the best writing.
The point being, I'm sure, that you write with care. Care for the reader, which translates to quality.
I would argue that Douglas Adams put all those "pointless tangents" into his story completely on purpose. His words were chosen carefully. The essence of the humor may have been spontaneous when he drafted the book, but I know he went back and cleaned the language up to make it as polished and wonderful as it is.
Yeah, I try to be as succinct as possible while still keeping my tone intact. It's challenging, but the more you practice the less time it takes. :]
Words are sold and bought several hundreds for a dollar nowadays...
So, in other words, write as if it were a painful experience? I guess I would say yes, that's how I write - in terms of my book. It's not an easy story to tell....
I know exactly how you feel! Writing can be very painful, especially if you end up getting writer's block too, on top of writing a book that just does not want to come out.
If you think about how much each word would cost, you would certainly limit your word count and use one word instead of four or five, and that's a good way to write. Of course, your first draft should be as long as you need it to be. It's the finished product that counts, or costs you money. I want to take this quote to heart.
In other words you are telling us to use as less words as possible?
Hard for me but I have read some work written that way.
Not as few words as possible, but the best words for what you're trying to say, and no extras.
Sometimes I use words that aren't strictly necessary for what I'm trying to say, but which add a comic (or other) flavor to the piece.
Someone once wrote, "Style is the mistakes you can't help making." I wish I could remember who.
I write as if punctuation costs me money - I wrote about it in a hub somewhere, but I forgot where I put it. Words = time and time = money, so, yeh.
There is no rule fits all when it comes to writing, whether its ad copy, direct response copy...
For me, one of the funniest most enjoyable reads is The Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy, if all the extra words, the unnecessary asides and pointless tangents were removed I doubt if the book would have ever reached cult status.
I write as though each word earns me a dollar lol, it doesn't however
If I wrote as if ti cost me a dollar my serial would make me equal to the US government in my debt!
As a non-native speaker of English, I find it easy to create sentences containing few words.
Words + writing time / Hubs + Adsense, Amazon, Kontera & eBay / Blogs + other personally owned niche websites + time = ....ummm....... carry the 2......add 6...divide by 4......errr......ahhh sh*t, I stuffed up the formulae!!!!
Of course the pointless asides were included on purpose, that is exactly the point.
Someone once said, "I wrote you a long letter. If I had more time, I would have written you a shorter letter."
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