Greetings from the President –
Don’t hedge your prose with timidities. “Good writing is lean and confident.” William Zinsser. In other words, cut the fat from your writing. Writers often want to write their story in a poetic manner, weaving adverbs, modifiers, and long sentences into every paragraph. Not necessary. Your characters are never “a little” hungry. They’re hungry or they’re not. Your characters are not “somewhat” annoyed. They’re annoyed or they’re not. As my editor, Becky said, “Say what you mean.” Saying what you mean doesn’t require flowery prose or a lot of words. Take out all unnecessary words, tighten your prose. Say what you mean.
SWG PRESIDENT, Yvonne Erwin