It's time to get into shape.
At least that's what the fitness DVD display told me yesterday. I exercise, but the sight of those new fitness regimes made made me roll my eyes and go buy a soft pretzel. Then I started to think. As the New Year approaches we make plans for getting our bodies back into shape, but what about toning our writing?
I won't go over the whole 'this is what you need to trim' thing. You're all awesome enough to know about that kind of stuff already. But I do have a few tips for a leaner, meaner MS. It's not the full 'go for it' workout, but small steps work. And, unlike a tough workout, there won't be any painful muscle cramps the next day. Yay!
Start slow with a warm up of spell checking.
Raise your heart rate by deleting some adverbs. Those little blighters like to cling to the hips of your MS. Not all adverbs are bad (like fats), but streamlining them will give your paragraphs a leaner look.
Tighten by omitting redundant words/phrases. Flex your muscles to reduce blow-by-blow action, adjectives, and dialogue tags.
Cool down with a hard copy read. It is amazing how many errors, weird phrases, and word choices pop out at you when you read from paper.
There are lots of other ways to trim the fat from your MS. So tell me, how do you trim yours?
P.S. Katrina is having an awesome New Year's Revision Blog Party over on her blog. Feel free to join the fun.