Three Tips to Help You Shorten Your Novel

Three Tips to Help You Shorten Your Novel

Are you an over-writer? Is your novel extremely long and full of lots of information or detail? Some authors have the unfortunate problem of using tons of adjectives, adverbs, and/or filler words throughout their novels. This can be troublesome because a lengthy novel with too much description can slow pacing and/or frustrate readers. How do you go about shortening your novel during the editing phase? Read on for my top three tips.

*Note: I recommend not worrying about your word count until you've finished writing the first draft of your novel. It's better to overwrite then and edit later. This way you have a clear idea of your novel's theme and therefore a better idea of what scenes, chapters, and/or characters to cut. 

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