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WRITE MORE WITH LESS WORDS
I'm thrilled to read Isaac Asimov for the first time (yes, I know, you're allowed to spank me), and this nagging thought that's been badgering me lately surfaced again. The economy of words. The ability to say a lot with next to nothing. The poetry of imagining that which the writer omitted, omitted for the reader to fill in. Wouldn't we all like to do that? Don't we all get chills when we read something so profound, so crisp, something said so succinctly with just a few words? I know I want to learn how to do this (especially because I tend to blab a lot), and I know you want to learn this too. Here then. Let me muse on the subject, share with you what I've learned.
The economy in words comes from a lot of rewriting.
This means, you can relax about your first draft. It will be confusing and wordy and busy and likely make you want to tear out your hair or give up altogether. DON'T. First drafts are required to be the messes they are, regardless of whether you carefully plot them or not. You're wading in the dark, in the fog, feeling for the story. Let it be nonsensical and convoluted. Let it take you to unexpected places. Feel rather than write. Write down what you feel. Don't worry about structure of grammar or any of those perfect things you see in final published books. They all looked like your mess when they were being spawn out of nothing. Jot down things that make no sense to you, evoke emotion. Torn sentences. Single words. Unconnected images. Like this.
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