I have on today fantasy author, Jen Wylie. She’s more sweet than wily and talking today about keeping your writing short no matter what the mode.
- Cut the Crap: Literary Diarrhea by Jen Wylie
Most of you have probably heard of verbal diarrhea. You know, those people that just can’t stop talking, and not only that, ramble on and on. Growing up I had many cases of this myself (as many children do). Not only did I talk constantly, I spoke fast. My family often made jokes I should be an auctioneer when I grow up. I did eventually slow down, and not talk so much, almost to the point that now I am often considered to be rather shy.
Literary diarrhea, though perhaps not quite a common (or at least noticed as such) is still found regularly enough, in some books, or more often on blogs. There are two main problems with literary diarrhea; boredom and confusion for the reader. A good editor should be able to help a writer clean up any MS that has too much fluff or rambling (this is often called tightening the story).
Blogs are another matter entirely. I’ve come across some where posts just ramble on, and on…and on. I’m not talking about a general rambling post, but those that are so extreme you’re required to hit the ‘next page’ buttom. Now there is a difference between a long post, and a long rambling one. Some are full of a lot of great information, others…not so much. Common mistakes are being repetitive or going off topic. So what? Want to guess how many times I’ve left a blog, not even finishing the post, because of its rambling nature? Lots.
Remember back in school when you were taught to have a main topic and supporting facts? Though basic, this is a great thing to remember. Keep it simple and don’t babble to the point where readers would rather jab out their eyeballs with dull scissors!
My point here, edit your work, be it a blog or a book. Cut out the crap. Be concise and to the point. A great blog post will engage the reader and not bore them. A nice tight post with relevant information will get more views, shares and likes.
Now to avoid this post becoming a case of diarrhea…I’ll leave off here. Do feel free to post your comments and thoughts! Have you come across instances of literary diarrhea? Are you guilty of it yourself? Or do you think I’m just full of crap?
About the Author:
Jennifer Wylie resides in rural Ontario, Canada with her two boys, Australian shepherd a flock of birds and a disagreeable amount of wildlife. In a cosmic twist of fate she dislikes the snow and cold. Before settling down to raise a family, she attained a BA from Queens University and worked in retail and sales. Thanks to her mother she acquired a love of books at an early age and began writing in public school. She constantly has stories floating around in her head, and finds it amazing most people don’t.
Jennifer writes various forms of fantasy, both novels and short stories. Sweet light is her debut novel published in 2011 by Echelon Press. She is also the author of the YA short story series, Tales of Ever, as well as the shorts Jump and The Forgotten Echo.
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