When I judge contests one of my biggest complaints is wordiness. Using too many words to convey an idea. Now this is going to shock you, but guess what? I'm wordy. It's embarrassing.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
There is no polite way to say this - line editing sucks. I hate the word sucks. But in this case it's totally appropriate! I now have a list of words I'm never allowed to use again. Why? I'm glad you asked. I used Okay something like twice a page for the whole manuscript. (OK, maybe not that much but you get the drift. And look I just used it again!) Then there's the word I. Believe it or not there are other ways to begin sentences other than I did this, or I did that. Huh!