“What lies in our power to do, lies in our power not to do.”– Aristotle
Affirmation: I have the power to write or not. The choice is mine. (Read it out loud or to yourself as often as you can.)
Write a response to the following:
I feel most powerful...
(Reread the affirmation in No. 1 before you start!)
Less is more.
Novice writers tend to overuse and depend on adjectives and adverbs believing it will sound more descriptive and impressive. Strip 80 percent of these words from your writing. See how much stronger the resulting sentence is. Let the reader fill in the blanks with his or her own imagination. Use your own to say what you mean in fewer words and perhaps in a more creative way.
Instead of "she's running fast," consider using "she's sprinting"
There is no need to describe an elephant as "huge."
"He rises" does not need "up" after it, since there is only one direction to rise.
Exercise: Open a magazine. Trust spirit to help you know what person, place or thing you are meant to write about today. Describe whatever it is in as few words as possible. Keep removing words until you believe what's less is a vivid and concise description.