You all the reasons. Less is more. A picture is worth a thousand words. Trust your readers to understand your meaning. You need a lower word count. But when it comes to your own manuscript, it isn’t always easy to see the benefit of cutting those beautiful sentences.
It’s often hard to explain why simple is best, but a scene in a TV show I was only half-watching did it amazingly well. During Agents of Shield I was diligently building my agent list, when I noticed a scene where a middle-aged man saying something about the power of words, and a short sentence could be life changing. The young woman was skeptical, so he gave a few examples.
I love you.
Let’s get married.
We’re having a baby.
The last sentence was the shortest, but possibly had the most impact.
As an author, one might want to compulsively describe every feeling and action that would go along with that statement. But it would be a waste to hide the words that have the most impact when standing alone.
Whether you need a shorter novel or tighter sentences, there’s plenty of good advice on the subject. Happy Revising!
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