Writing Tip: Cut out the unnecessary details in your writing

Have you ever read a story where the character starts going through their day–they get up, brush their teeth, get their breakfast–lots of boring details, but nothing happens? It makes you want to put the book or manuscript down. It’s a mistake a lot of beginning writers make.

Readers don’t want to read those details. If they’re not important to the story–if they don’t move the story forward–they should be cut from the story.

Read more about how to do this in Helen Ginger’s blog post Happening Scenes.

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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2 Responses to Writing Tip: Cut out the unnecessary details in your writing

  1. Madison says:

    Yeah, it’s hard to not write those details, but it gets easier as time goes on. 🙂

  2. Cheryl says:

    You’re right, Madison–it gets easier. 🙂

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