This meme encapsulates the essence of this episode’s self-editing tip: “Don’t use a big word when a singularly unloquacious and diminutive linguistic expression will satisfactorily accomplish the contemporary necessity.”
In other words, don’t use a big word when a small one will do.
But do you know why you should?
- Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace
- Over 200 vocabulary words collected from Infinite Jest
- Words David Foster Wallace’s Mom Invented
- The Most Begun “Read but Unfinished” (Initiated) book ever
- Is Your Content Smarter Than a 5th Grader? 4 Steps To Readable Content
- This Surprising Reading Level Analysis Will Change the Way You Write
- Hemingway App
- “Should I self-publish or seek traditional publishing?” recorded live stream available through Writing Workshops Dallas
- “How to Self-Edit: 50 Essential Tips for Honing Every Manuscript,” Sunday, April 8, 2018, 3-6 p.m. (In-person on Dallas or via live stream)
- Just to see if I could (and should in the future), I filmed a Facebook Live video of the recording of this podcast. If you’d like to see how often I actually mess up, this is the video for you.