JOAN BARTH ON: WORD COUNT
After writing Part I of Wild Pigs in Snow, I was dismayed to find that it contained 19,467 words. I reread it in hope of finding places to fill in more details and thus add to the word count. Instead, I found I was deleting whole sentences and only adding a word here and there.
That’s when I remembered Sister Marie Madeleine cutting words and sentences out of my essays. “You’ve said too much. Say it in one word not ten.” When I would edit my work, even an item for our school newspaper, the QP News, I would strive to see what I could eliminate or how I could substitute a word for a phrase. Now, while working on the revisions for my book, I do the same thing. When I last looked the 19,467 words I started out with had been reduced to 19,206. Sister Marie Madeleine would be pleased.