I'm Italian. Well, I'm half-Italian, actually. What does this have to do with blogging and editing? As far as editing, it means I know wordiness when I see it, and can pull out the Red Pen of Doom and slash with the best of them. As far as blogging, it means I can't follow my own advice, and write much in the same way as I speak. Quantity (sometimes over quality) and tangents.
This leads me into trouble more often than not as I decide what to write and what to eliminate in my blog posts. I usually have my friend and Coffee Chat buddy, S.K. Anthony, look at my drafts so she can tell me when I should have shut up. She has a good eye for these things, telling me to “save this part for another post” or “this sounds like you’re whining.” Once in a while, I’ll send her a blog post that fits within the less-than-1000-words rule, and she has the nerve to think I’m joking. Harrumph.
In fact, when I signed up for the A to Z challenge, her first words of advice were, “Write a regular blog post, and then chop it into four or five separate posts. That’s how short these need to be. Do you think you’re going to be able to do that?”
Come back in April to see the proof. My theme?
FIRST DRAFT TO BOOK SALES: AN EDITOR'S TIPS FROM A TO Z
See you on April 1. No foolin'.