The Page a Day Writers Group

Re: scaffolding

Posted on: November 25, 2009

Claire, thanks for this eloquent post about eliminating the unnecessary. Even though I’m beginning to feel like a seasoned novelist, I’m still surprised by how many superfluous sentences snuck into my draft. Not only am I taking down the scaffolding, I’m creating a new architectural form of minimalist writing by asking each and every sentence, “Do you belong here?”

If it is not vital to the story, I cut it. Sometimes I take it out and put it back in to see how that particular bit affects the story, whether or not it changes its direction or meaning.

As we learn in so many other realms, less is more.

Kirsten Imani Kasai


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