12 Days of Christmas: Writing Tips Day 2

day 2


WRITE TIGHT: Cut words or phrases you don’t need. You’d be surprised at how much you can shorten your word count just by looking for redundancies and extra words.

Examples of Redundancies:

  • Nod your head. (Nod) You can only nod your head, no other body parts.
  • He was ten years old. (He was ten.)
  • He didn’t want to talk about his past history. (He didn’t want to talk about his past.)
  • The smile on her face triggered a smile on mine. (Her smile triggered mine.) Your smile is always on your face. 

**Also, watch out for accidentally saying the same thing twice or saying the same thing two different ways.

Example: The wind chilled him. Because he was cold, he zipped up his jacket against the bite of the breeze.

Tighter: He zipped his jacket against the chilly breeze.

**Use repetition on purpose when you want to add emotion.

Example: Cade doesn’t say anything. He doesn’t do anything. He doesn’t even block her hand when she slaps him hard across the face.



When all twelve days have been posted, you can find them here–12 Days of Christmas: Writing Tips.

12 Days of Christmas: Writing Tips Day 1

For more tips, see Monday Writing Minute.


  1. You are SO good at this, Lori. Your ideas help so many people. I need to take your wise advice ensuring I don’t make these mistakes in my writing. It can be boring, I know. Plus, it reveals a lack of writing skill.

  2. Dondi Markham |

    This was so good! I literally laughed out loud when I read the comment about nodding–I’d never thought of it that way! (He stared deep into her eyes and nodded his elbow in agreement.) Ha, ha!

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