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The best content comes from the rewrite.

I don't like rewriting stuff. I want to write, hit publish and go on to the next thing.

But rewriting is where it's at.

I am writing a piece for a national publication. My word limit is 1500 words.

My first draft was 1250 words. My second draft is 1771 words!

Yikes! Now comes the tightening = no wasting of words to still get the message across.

What is your writing process?

Do you rewrite? How much? Why not?

How do you 'tighten' things up?
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Write what you have to say. If it's digital, don't bother with rewrites. Once-over for spelling and publish it. Go back to it a week or so later and see how bad it is. Fix it then.
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Perhaps a resource worth considering.
Have you removed everything you can from each sentence? Here's a good book: Stanley Fish, "How to Write a Sentence"
A basic sentence to convey a message is three words. "I love music." Then embellish it with only the words necessary to convey the message. Are the extra words needed to support the message? Do the extra sentences support the message of the article?
Use simple words instead of complicated ones.
Consider the reading level of the reader. Write from the reader's perspective.
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@morrnel

An interesting exercise. To paraphrase you:

"Resource worth considering. Removed everything possible? Here's a book: "How to Write a Sentence". Three word sentences. "I love music." Only necessary words. Are extras needed? Do extras support? Use simple words. Consider reading level. From reader's perspective."

Good for me. ;o)
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@morrnel

Exercise:

"Necessary resources only. Book - "How to Write a Sentence". Three word sentences. "I love music." Only necessary words. No extras. Simple words. Consider reader"
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@Belew

Deal was three. Play by rules. Anybody can shorten! ;o)
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Four sentences or one: I love classical music when I dance with my wife at the nightclub.
Is everything necessary in the whole sentence?

This book, which I purchased on Kindle, got me thinking about what I really need in a sentence to convey my message.
or...
This book got me thinking about what I need to convey my message.

Another arrow in the quiver.
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Print publication writing tends follow the tradition inverted pyramid formula in that you write so that the most important things you want to get across are at the top and the least important at the bottom of the article.

This then allows you to cut from the bottom up to meet space restrictions ... this comes from newspaper publishing when editors would cut from the bottom up, as news items came in.

It doesn't work for blogs, but it might for publications...
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Once you have tightened the content, write until you get the length you need and if you have to cut it off in the middle of the
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@morrnel

What was that you were going to
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Exercise:

"Necessary resources only. Book - "How to Write a Sentence". Three word sentences. "I love music." Short and simple words. Exclude extras. Care the readers"
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