I love cutting my writing down to size. Much of the writing I do must be a certain length. Whether I’m writing my newspaper column, a reflection for a devotional series, a lesson for a curriculum contract or a submission for a writing contest, I often need to cut my writing down to a specific number of words. I love that challenge!
When I write my newspaper column I just write everything down I want to say without concern for the number of words. I have a six hundred word column limit and sometimes my first draft is 800 or even 1200 words. So I start the process of going through my column paragraph by paragraph. Sometimes I cut whole paragraphs. Then I cut sentences within the paragraphs. Next I cut sentences down to size or rearrange the order of their words. How can I say the same thing more succinctly?
I admit many of my blog posts could be ‘cut down to size’ too. Often I write them in too much of a hurry. For some of my blog posts I need to confess as Mark Twain is purported to have said………”I apologize for writing such a long letter. I didn’t have time to write a shorter one. “