Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tight writing

When I was in college, a professor wrote a promotional story for the college information office on a seminar for tight writing. My editor said his story was too long for our purposes, so she asked me to trim it.

I cut it from four and a half pages to a page and a half, and everyone had a laugh around the office (I kept a straight face, of course) — two thirds of a story on tight writing getting cut out.

Naturally, he hit the roof. Imagine, a student cutting my story!

Hey, write tight, and there's no problem.

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