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Making Each Word Count

By Anissa Mayhew |

Here, I write for somebody else.

But there are a few other places where I set the rules and guidelines for the writers.

One of those rules is a word count.

Word Count is the maximum number of words used in a published post.

It’s hard for ME to limit people on the number of words they’ll use.  I don’t want to be the thing standing between writers and their pieces.

But I am.

For the sake of time and readability and word-y-ness I put those limits on people.

And sit back when the emails and messages comes in.

I get frustrated, then it goes away.

I try to remember the word count that life put on me wasn’t one of choice.

I HAVE TO BE SUPER THRIFTY WHEN I WRITE.  MY SENTENCES ARE SHORT.  MY DESCRIPTIONS ARE BRIEF. <–when the Caps Lock gets left on I would rather leave it than retype it all. I don’t have those options.

It isn’t a thing that I can expect anyone else to achieve. Because they’re lucky enough to not have to.

I will say, and HAVE SAID, to those that complain,”I can’t write in that many words,”…”REALLY??  Cause I believe you CAN.”

You’d be amazed how often those words are all it takes.

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7 thoughts on “Making Each Word Count

  1. Pam @writewrds says:

    Agreed.

  2. Robin Plemmons says:

    Editing ourselves = good.

  3. Megan says:

    Brevity, said Shakespeare, is the soul of wit.

  4. Always Home and Uncool says:

    At last – an editor with some real authority. Well said, Annisa.

  5. Miss Britt says:

    Amen.

  6. JW Moxie says:

    Brevity is not usually my forte, so sticking within barriers has been a good exercise in packing a punch within fewer words.

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