Wednesday, April 19, 2006


The art of clear, effective and readable writing. The rhythm that makes a sentence sound right to the mental ear. The ruthless cutting out of phrases that only clutter and impede this special music. And always, always, the patient, painstaking search for the perfect combination of words and phrases that will create this mental music and express what is to be said in the most moving and effective way.

--Writing Articles from the Heart, Marjorie Holmes, p. 132

Tricia’s Thoughts:
One of my first writing teachers taught me to “write big.” He suggested in the first writing draft to let the words flow from your fingertips, as to not break the creative flow. His next suggestion was to then “cut 20%.” Whether book or article, he believed that 20% of your manuscript consisted of unnecessary words. It’s a system that’s worked well for me. In novel writing, that 20% may be scenes that don’t progress the story or flowery description. In article writing, it may be clichés, repeated key words, or sentences that perhaps say the same thing twice. Following these steps always makes my writing tighter . . . and puts a smile on my editor’s face.


Blogger Karen said...

Tricia, I read about your blog on this morning's FCW posts. Thanks for sharing these quotes and tips; I'm trying to soak up all I can! Your blog is going to be a valuable resource for me!

10:43 AM  
Blogger Tricia Goyer said...

Welcome, Karen.

I've had wonderful teachers/mentors over the years and I love giving back. I hope you continue to find encouragement and help here.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Paul said...


Also read about your blog this mornng when checking FCW.

Thanks for an awesome resource!!

I will be adding it to my favorites. Also going to my first writers conference in May, Blue Ridge Christian Writers Conference.


Writing for the King,


6:27 AM  
Blogger Tricia Goyer said...


You will LOVE the conference. I enjoy being with so many like-minded people. May God bless you with divine appointments!


9:10 AM  

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