Poetics and Poetry Discussion
(4/15/2005 9:19:00 AM)
I find as a journalist that the PC's word-count is a wonderful tool. Write it as it comes; leave it a day or overnight; take 3/4 of the word-count, say, as your ultimate total; and cut down. After the first self-inflicted bleeding, it can actually become rather fun. And certainly instructive.
One other trick which journalists have to learn or else, is never a sentence longer than XX words. after a day or two, it becomes to become a gentle curb on those irresistible metaphorical sub-clauses!