Word count culling today, because sitting with the notes and editing properly seemed like too much work when we’re running low on sleep.
Look at a sentence. Does it advance the plot? Then it can stay.
What’s that, this next one doesn’t? Hmmmm, does it help to develop a character? It does? Alright, then that sentence can make like The Dude and abide.
Oh but this ugly piece of sentence, look at it. Just look at it! No advancement of the plot, no development of the characters. It doesn’t even string together other sentences that do so, or tell us anything special about the setting. OUT I say!
*flicks Holy water at it*
In other news, today I met an evil bird. It likes to eat the screen door of my neighbor’s house.
That’s all I got. What do you look for when you’re culling word count? Anything you know is particularly flabby in your drafts? Would love to know.