If you are an independent writer, it is likely that you have been asked one or more of these annoying questions, and usually by people who have not read any of your books. These are questions that are “meant to happen” at one point or another, so might as well have some fun answering them.
Question: Why do you write?
Answer: Why do you breathe?
Question: Are you really published? I mean not self-published.
Answer: Do you own the company you work for?
Question: Do you make any money doing that?
Answer: How much money do you make at your job?
Question: What is your real job?
Answer: What is your life purpose?
Question: Is it true that self-publishing killed literature?
Answer: Is it dead? Oh, my sincere condolences.
It is probable that you have been asked at least one of the questions above mentioned. Instead of becoming annoyed, have fun answering them. I invite you to share some of your own.
Taking your writing to the OR
Snip, snip – the painful process. Editing and cutting out after many words is a task that many writers dislike, but a necessary one. Whether you are writing a novel, or a smaller piece, there will always be words to rearrange, eliminate or change. It will only improve what you have written down. See? written down, there is no need for the down in the previous sentence, that must be eliminated.
Some writers prefer to edit as they write, or as they finish a chapter; others just write and edit later. Whatever works for you, as long as you improve your piece by taking off what doesn’t belong. Readers prefer material that moves at a fast (but not too fast) and consistent pace – writing that flows.
I tend to use too many words and have to be aware of not tiring the readers, or boring them. I have been guilty of reading a book and skipping paragraphs and pages that contain “a lot of the same.” I am sure we all have been there and that is a good example to make the point.
So snip snip and don’t be afraid; you may be proud of that sentence, but maybe you can use it on another piece or further along. Don’t be afraid to take your writing to the operating room.