Jan Christensen's Blog – January 2008 Archive (2)


I love

my computer. I really do. It does a lot of things faster and better

than that old IBM electric typewriter.

The only thing I dislike about it is that something happened along the

way to regular, conventional formatting of manuscripts to send to

publications. What happened was that

the publishers and editors must have said, "Oh, good, we can now get the

writers to do part of our job for us by requiring them to submit their… Continue

Added by Jan Christensen on January 27, 2008 at 4:18am — 8 Comments

The 10% Solution

Rule of thumb--after you've finished the first draft, get

rid of 10%. I saw this idea someplace a

while ago, but it wasn't brought home to me until the other day when I needed

to make a piece which is over 5,000 words, no more than 4,000 words. It was polished and ready to go, I


Then I began to edit, and guess what--I rather easily eliminated 500 words. One tenth. That's when I remembered the rule of…


Added by Jan Christensen on January 24, 2008 at 11:54am — 2 Comments

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