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  • The Long and Short of It!

     Chaya’la updated 11 months, 2 weeks ago 5 Members · 10 Posts
  • riva pomerantz

    Administrator
    November 2, 2020 at 11:23 pm

    I’m working on a three part blogpost series about how to choose what to write about, and a very interesting thing happened.

    I originally wrote the first article intending to post it to Masterpiece and to my Masterpiece Facebook page, so length was definitely not a factor. Then I decided to post it on LinkedIn as well. Now LinkedIn, as I just discovered, has a rather stingy character limit on posts. I found myself hacking away at my piece, trying to chisel out as much as I could to shrink it down to LinkedIn standards.

    Guess what happened? The post got better. And better. And better! The more I whittled down, the sharper and snappier it got!

    I challenge you to take a piece, any piece, and pare it down by 200, 400, 1,000 words. See what happens and let me know.

    Much love, y’all!

    Write & Shine! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ”ฅ๐ŸŒŸ

  • PassionforWriting

    Member
    November 2, 2020 at 11:57 pm

    Wow! That is amazing and very interesting – and I guess a “good” inconvenience!

    The one question I have is how do you know if a piece is better written with less words? Some pieces need more and some need less. How do you know?

    • riva pomerantz

      Administrator
      November 3, 2020 at 8:06 pm

      Great question, @PassionforWriting . In some cases, there’s an external boundary, like a wordcount, so you don’t really have a choice. If you have the freedom to write as much or as little as you like then you need to gauge the piece for yourself and see if it reads smoothly or it feels “bulky”. You want it to flow, to be fun and interesting to read.

    • PassionforWriting

      Member
      November 4, 2020 at 4:58 pm

      I hear! thank you! Grinning

  • HappiWriter

    Member
    November 3, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    Did you remove little extraneous words or sentences/concepts?

    • riva pomerantz

      Administrator
      November 3, 2020 at 8:08 pm

      @HappiWriter I couldn’t remove any real concepts or it would kill the piece. I trimmed extra words and even sacrificed a few bits of humo(u)r that would have spiced things up but wouldn’t leave the post mangled without them.

  • Chaya’la

    Member
    November 4, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    Riva I must admit, cutting off pieces of writing would be like c”v cutting a piece of my heart….But of course sometimes doing surgery is critically important and we come out better and stronger from it.
    To give you an example of my own humble experience, I recently composed a song about a topic I felt extremely passionate about. You can probably imagine how lengthy that song was. (If I could argue on the topic for days on end then why wouldn’t I sing about it for just as long๐Ÿ˜‰)
    So in order not to chew the ears off people and keep my family members from throwing me out the door, I proceeded to snip and sniff, and to cut and cry….. To make a “long story short” everyone loved it (and me) much more than before. Thanks for raising the awareness on the topic, Riva!

    • riva pomerantz

      Administrator
      November 5, 2020 at 7:46 pm

      Oy, Chaya’la, I was mamesh on that tumultuous journey with you, through the trauma of that heart-breaking surgery…and then the triumph of the exquisite finished product!! Can we see your song, pretty please? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rochel Solomon

    Member
    November 6, 2020 at 3:43 am

    Chayala let the world hear your song! Looking forward;)

  • Chaya’la

    Member
    November 11, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Well Riva and Rochel I won’t keep you in suspense any longer… Enjoy;)

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