LESS WILL ALWAYS BE MORE
Writing IS editing and editing is removing content. You cannot be precious about your words, otherwise your style will not improve. Being able to distance yourself from your text and assess what needs to be removed is a crucial part of the writing process. It does not mean torturing yourself – remember, writing does NOT mean pain – but, rather, being objective and hitting the delete button to get rid of unnecessary words, most of which being adjectives and adverbs. And, at times, it means deleting an entire paragraph, chapter or section if need be. The word count for the novel I’m currently writing is 43,800. Since I started writing, I have removed at least 20,000 words, if not more. Those statistics do not make me feel bad, they are a reflection of what the writing process is, i.e. learning, exploring, improving and… changing your mind! So be brave, follow your instinct and delete.