Recently I won some stuff off of Jen's blog. One of my gifts was a CD of editor Rick Steele speaking on Writing Tight.
He really delves into things that I'm going to mention later.
He also had his class do a helpful exercise in eliminating wordiness.
Consider the following sentences, and then if you feel like it, tighten them and leave your version in the comments section:
Jane most often likes to pluck her eyebrows in a haphazard fashion.
Lapping at his water bowl, the dog fell to the ground in an exhausted heap.
She was so happy when the the call came from an editor.
Go ahead and be creative with these, or even leave your own examples of wordy writing. Can you usually see your wordiness? Or does it take the help of a crit partner?
Rhonda McNight reposted one of my posts!!!! It's on Urban Christian Fiction. Thanks Rhonda!