How to Firm Up Flabby Prose

Written by Beth Mende Conny

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Want to be a lean, mean, writing machine? Then put your words on a diet. Here are some great suggestions for cutting flab, firming muscle and punching up your prose.

Learn to strip Brilliant as your prose may be, you likely can toss a word or two ... or three or twenty. Be brutal. Strip awayrepparttar extraneous until your sentences go buck naked. They can then, like streakers, zip across your page.

Rememberrepparttar 129361 if's If you can say it in one page instead of three-do so. If you can say it in one paragraph instead of three-do so. If you can say it in one sentence instead of three-do so. If you can say it in one word instead of three-do so. If you can say it in a one-syllable word instead of one with three-do so.

Avoid repetitions, redundancies, reiterations, restatements ...

* owns his own business = business owner * a great number of times = many times * red-colored train = red train * broke both his legs = broke his legs * duringrepparttar 129362 winter months = during winter * inrepparttar 129363 not-too-distant future = inrepparttar 129364 future * at this point in time = presently/now * postponed until later = postponed * mutual cooperation = cooperation

Take action In writing, as in life, you can't sit there like a blob. You've got to userepparttar 129365 active voice. Before and after examples:

* The ballots were counted by him. = He countedrepparttar 129366 ballots. * He was robbed by a knife-wielding teenager. = A knife- wielding teenager robbed him. * There is much that today's parents have to worry about. = Today's parents have much to worry about. * It has been shown by numerous studies that insulating your water heater saves energy. = Studies show you save energy by insulating your water heater.

Getting ideas that sell

Written by Angela Booth

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Summary: If you want to sell your writing, you need to get ideas that sell.

Category: Writing

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Getting ideas that sell

Copyright (c) 2002 by Angela Booth

(This article is an extract from my new writing workshop, Writing to Sell inrepparttar 129360 Internet Age.)

Asrepparttar 129361 old saying goes, you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink. You can offer your writing too, but if no one wants it, you're stuck.

You've got to train yourself to come up with saleable ideas, for specific audiences. Somehow, someway, you've got to discover what people want, and give it to them in your writing. The more successfully you do that,repparttar 129362 more you'll sell.

==> To get more ideas, write more

In an article,repparttar 129363 prolific thriller/ horror writer Dean Koontz said that when he wrote more, spending six to eight hours a day at it, he got more ideas. He frequently found himself writing one book, while making notes for another two or three.

It's true. If you're not writing, you won't get ideas. Your subconscious mind is lazy. You haven't convinced it that finding ideas is important to you, so you don't get them.

Start a program of writing every day. Write anything, but make sure that you're doing it for at least an hour, and that you force yourself to write. Get your fingers onrepparttar 129364 keyboard, and move them. Let whatever wants to come out, come out.

Sounds like work, right?

Sure. At first it is. Then it's fun. And easy. The first couple of days you do this, you may feel that it's pointless. But I promise you, keep at it, and within a few days you'll start coming up with more ideas that you know what to do with.

==> If you want to know what people want, ask them

One way to find out what people are interested in is to readrepparttar 129365 bestseller lists. What are people buying? Extrapolate from these lists. Can you find any new trends?

Onrepparttar 129366 other hand,repparttar 129367 best way to discover what people are willing to buy, is to ask them. Go torepparttar 129368 online places where they hang out, and ask.

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