Wood pulp fiction (and nonfiction) … #writing #tuesdaywritingtip

Today’s tip helps me with three-hundred word news stories and sixty-five thousand word manuscripts. Before I turn either into my editors, I print out the finished product, pick up a red pen, leave the room and sit down elsewhere. Pen in hand, I then read what I wrote the old-fashioned way, eyes tracking the words on paper, not screen. It never fails. In all the years I’ve done this, I’ve never finished the exercise without correcting an error, strengthening a verb or omitting needless words. In my experience, it’s even more useful than reading your work aloud. (Don’t have paper handy? Go the next best route and read the draft on your phone or tablet.) Try it, you’ll like it. More importantly, your readers will appreciate the extra time you took.

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