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Author Topic: Burlesque your writing – how less is more.  (Read 2073 times)
Deck Hand
New Zealand New Zealand

« on: April 30, 2017, 03:47:11 am »

I'm running an editing workshop at the Steampunk NZ Festival Weekend.

I have most of my presentation sorted but thought is would be interesting to seek editing tips from the denizens of this forum, as presumably we all read and write in the genre.

So what tips on editing do you have?


Rogue Ætherlord
United States United States

"This is the sort of thing no-one ever believes"

« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2017, 11:28:54 pm »

I'm notoriously wordy as all heck, but still, I'd say to use the old Strunk and White maxim: Omit Needless Words. From what I found in your FB post, I'd say you're already well aware of that mindset, but it can't hurt (much) to reiterate it a bit.

Walk softly and carry a big banjo...

""quid statis aspicientes in infernum"
Deck Hand
New Zealand New Zealand

« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2017, 01:14:33 am »

From what I found in your FB post, I'd say you're already well aware of that mindset, but it can't hurt (much) to reiterate it a bit.

It was an interesting process being edited. I had already been through the manuscript myriad times and thought it was well pruned, but not according to my editor. It seems there was plenty more dead wood to remove  Undecided

Even now in the final proof reads a couple of weeks before it goes to the printers it's still being tweaked.
Deck Hand
United Kingdom United Kingdom

« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2017, 05:16:51 pm »

I try to be succinct.
Peter Brassbeard
Zeppelin Captain
United States United States

« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2017, 05:44:52 pm »

"brevity is the soul of wit" William Shakespeare
Zeppelin Admiral
Canada Canada

Keep them off-balance and brazen it out!

« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2017, 07:00:18 am »

Ah, but ol' Willum from Stratford was a bit loquacious himself at times....
Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood
Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather
The multitudinous seas incarnadine,
Making the green one red.

(Macbeth, Act 2, scene 2.)

But, of course, iambic pentameter has its limitations.


Vero vobis dico, qui quaerit, inveniet eius. Et saepius, parum volet.

"Truly I say to you, he who seeks, shall find. And quite often, he shall wish he hadn't."

              - Elias Ashmole Crackbone.
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