14 responses to “A few words on writing short”

  1. AnnaLisa Michalski

    Wow, Michelle–talk about practicing what you preach. Way to condense a broad spectrum of results into one efficient article!

  2. A Few Words on Writing Short — Do it yourself at home

    […] the result is dense, meaty stories that cover a lot of ground in a short time…. source: A Few Words on Writing Short, WordCount/by Michelle Vranizan […]

  3. Robert Dolezal

    There’s no question that different media require different copy. Sitting down with a long article in a magazine is a relaxing and involving event. For the web, getting the job done in the least space possible is the ticket. You’ve given professional and amateur writers a capsule summary of the most popular approaches to telling the full story in small space. Good work!

  4. Jackie Dishner

    This is a great post, Michelle. Are you writing for The Writer. You should submit a version of this as a query. It could totally be expanded into a full feature. And I’d love to learn others ideas/anecdotes on the topic.

    Thanks for sharing your quick tips on how to write short.

    All my best,
    Jackie Dishner
    http://bikewithjackie.blogspot.com

  5. 25 tips for better freelance writing « WordCount/by Michelle Vranizan Rafter

    […] 9. The shorter the better. […]

  6. What freelancers should know about podcasting « WordCount/by Michelle Vranizan Rafter

    […] writers on LinkedIn what their secrets were to writing short, and used the answers as the basis for this post on WordCount. Paula liked what I’d written so much she asked if she could turn it into a […]

  7. 7 steps to cutting a story that’s too long « WordCount/by Michelle Vranizan Rafter

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  9. 5 ways to blog every day without freaking out « WordCount - Freelancing in the Digital Age

    […] 2. Write short – If you’re blogging for yourself, you can decide how much or little to include in a single blog post. Some days you might feel like writing 500 or 1,000 words reacting to a news event or on a subject that’s close to your heart. Other days, you may just want to share a news story or blog post someone else has written with your readers, so your post could consist of a link to the original with a paragraph or two of explanation or commentary. Here are some other suggestions for writing short. […]

  10. 10 things J.K. Rowling taught me about writing « WordCount – Freelancing in the Digital Age

    […] 7. Leave stuff out. In 2007 British documentary on Rowling that re-aired earlier this month when movie version of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince opened, the author shares about details of her characters that never made it into the books, including back stories and what happens in their lives after the books ends.  The tidbits either didn’t fit into the plot or weren’t interesting enough to be included (although fans live for this kind of stuff). The takeaway: Pick the most telling details, the juiciest quotes, the most spot-on examples to tell your story and leave the rest out, especially if – unlike Rowling – you’re writing to a specific word count. […]

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  12. Sue Bergin

    Great tips. I trim my count with a game. Regardless of length, I try to get 20% out of the first draft, and another 10% out of the second. It’s not very scientific, but it helps.

  13. Julie Phelps

    This is such good stuff! Apparently I never have enough time – ala Mark Twain!

  14. Abdullah

    great tips i say all writers follow this short story is better then long easy to read and not wastage of time