Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.
- Napoleon

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Extra Link-Love

Today I read an awesome post by debut novelist Rachel Vincent about editing and I just can't wait until Friday to offer her some much deserved link-love.

So, I offer her and you: Okay, kiddos, the word of the day is... Not to spoil the mystery, but the word is TIGHT. She begins with: "Tight writing (in my own, informal definition) is writing which does not contain that which does not have to be there. In other words, no extra words."

As Rachel warns, it's a long post, but read it all. It's worth the time.

ETA: At the time of this post, I'd been meaning for weeks to read Ms. Vincent's book - Stray - but I hadn't gotten around to it. After writing this post, I kicked myself in the butt and sat down with the book. (After wrestling it away from borrowing it from my daughter.) Now I feel really stupid for waiting so long. The book was unreservedly awesome. Hot, edgy, and sexy. A book with balls. Now I'll be waiting impatiently for her next.)

1 comment:

Alex Adams said...

Ohhh thanks! This is just what I need right now.

*slinks back into rewrite hell*