Monday, 21 October 2019

Fattening your first draft Part 6

The next instalment of my 101 tips, tricks and complete cheats to increase your word count. (Click here to read from the start.)

51. Clarify everything.

52. Always show, never tell. For example don't just mention 'she'd never liked heights' but flash back to several scary childhood events, recall her many sessions with a counsellor, her disastrous relationship with a mountaineer and her obsession with flat shoes.

53. Compare everything with something else. It's not just sunny, it's as sunny as it was the day before yesterday.

54. No more tea or coffee* until you've done 1,000 words.

55. No bathroom breaks until you've done another 1,000.

56. Words such as 'that' and 'some' can be slipped in almost anywhere.

57. Use 'and' rather than commas in lists. Punctuation marks don't up the word count.

58. Don't fret over punctuation. You'll probably change it later anyway and deciding between a comma and a semi colon takes as long as writing the words which will complete the sentence.

59. Don't stop to read back what you wrote yesterday.

* Talking of liquid refreshments ... have you read my FREE ebook, Not A Drop To Drink?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

If you're going for no bathroom breaks, then definitely no drinks!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Yeah, I have to agree with Alex. Thanks for the tips.