Using The Mini-Skirt Rule in Writing
One of the golden rules of writing is the ‘mini-skirt rule.’ Using the mini-skirt rule can certainly make your prose sexier and vibrant; if you get my drift.
The rule indicates that you should ‘keep your prose long enough to cover everything, but short enough to keep it interesting for your readers.’
Don’t have your writing dressed up like a Victorian lady trussed up in a ball gown with girdles and multi-layered petticoats, topped off with a jacket and a bountiful hat of peacock feathers and flowers. Phew! That is literally exhausting to think of.
It’s a fine art to write in a strategic manner and to create a balance between keeping the bare necessities with some flesh to the bones and over spilling the prose with excesses.
For writers of fiction, don’t waste your words and bore your readers to such tears that your story or your book ends up in the dust gathering pile of books that went unread.
When it comes to length, follow this rule in keeping your story short and engrossing and work at making your book ‘unputdownable.’
‘Cut. Cut. Cut.’
- Cut words, like those unnecessary adverbs.
- Cut sentences
- Cut pages
- Cut paragraphs
- Keep it short and simple
Things to consider when editing.
- Does your writing cover everything that your story needs?
- Question the purpose of the words that you use.
- Is it too long? Has it ceased being interesting? Are there bits that don’t add much value to the story?
- Could your draft benefit by cutting off 10% from it?
If your writing is for an online audience, bear in mind that the readers’ attention span online is less than what is obtainable offline.
Keep your blog posts straight to the point. Have your readers engaged with your first fifty to sixty words.
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