APPLY THE MINI-SKIRT RULE – ESSENTIAL WRITERS TIPS

USING THE MINI-SKIRT RULE

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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. READ More…

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15 thoughts on “APPLY THE MINI-SKIRT RULE – ESSENTIAL WRITERS TIPS

  1. I love the mini-skirt analogy. My goal when starting a work of fiction is two hundred pages. I begin with an ending in mind and as I approach the 200 pages start to look for a logical way to bring it to that conclusion. The rewrites will increase the page count by perhaps another couple dozen but still within the goal of being what I call an “airplane book,” the right length to start reading at the beginning of a several hour flight and finish just as the landing gear is being lowered.

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  2. “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 certainly got my mind in a twist!

    Thanks for the tips, priceless in the arsenal of a writer.

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