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Book: The Word-Loss Diet (Writing Craft) by Rayne Hall

Book: The Word-Loss Diet (Writing Craft) by Rayne Hall

categories: Book, Editing, Editor, Writing Skills, Revising, Fiction Writing, Novel Writing, Self-Editing, Writing Craft


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Rayne Hallabout this book: Welcome to Dr Rayne's Word-Loss Diet. If your writing needs toning up or slimming down, you've come to the right place.

I'll show you how to shed thousands of words from your overweight manuscript without changing the plot.

I'm uniquely qualified to write this book, because used to be the wordiest writer ever. I tended to use fifty words where five would do, and rejection letters from editors contained comments like "wordy", "needs tightening", and "not fast-paced enough for us".

At first, I huffed: How dare this editor suggest that anything in my precious prose could be cut! My stories needed those words!

However, I was also an editor, and I found it easy to spot superfluous words in other writers' wordy wafflings. Eventually I applied the same techniques to my own prose. I learnt to revise my wordy drafts so they became tight, often with less than half the wordage of the original. To my surprise, the tighter versions were really better.

In this book I'll share my most effective slimming tricks. It took me two decades to learn them. You'll master them in a few days.

The book is based on my online class The Word-Loss Diet. Students who completed the class shed 5, 10, even 20% of words, and their writing style became leaner and stronger. Many students say the class was the best investment they ever made. Now you can study the same programme in book form, at your own pace.

You can apply all the techniques to give your manuscript a complete stylistic makeover - this will take between five and fifty hours - or you may apply only some techniques to address problem areas. The choice is yours.

This book is perfect for polishing a manuscript before submitting to agents or before indie publishing. It can also help if you need to trim an over-long manuscript to meet wordcount requirements, or if you're wondering why your writing keeps getting rejected.

Before you start working with this book, prepare yourself for some shocking insights. Almost everyone gets an "Ouch!" reaction when they discover weaknesses in their writing style. You may cringe with embarrassment when you realise those flaws.

Not everyone is ready for this kind of insight. If you're a novice writer just starting out, this book may be discouraging. If you're feeling low, my advice may be too harsh, and the insights may shatter your confidence. Put the book aside for now and pick it up again when you're ready.

If you're confident in your writing and keen to improve it further, if you're ready to take your writing skills to the next level and don't mind some "Ouch!" experiences, then this book is for you. We will strip the layers of fat from your writing and expose the muscle of your unique author voice.

With every technique in this book, you choose whether you want to apply it and to what extent. You're the CEO of your writing; I'm only the consultant. You decide which words to keep and which to discard.

If you're used to American English, some British words, spellings and grammatical constructions may look odd, but I'm sure you will understand me anyway.

This book is short - but potent.

Brace yourself and transform your waffling writing into tight, exciting prose. Are you ready?

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