Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Quick Prose Check

I've used it for checking typos when writing features, but I began doing this unconsciously this weekend when editing scenes.

Read your work backwards.

I easily picked out clunky prose, clumsy pacing, and dependency on certain phrases, cadences, and words. It also helped me quickly note areas where I needed particular detail (more of some of the five senses here or a personality trait there), to make a scene or person come alive.

Try it and see if it works for you, too.

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