Today's tip was sent in by Rachel Leon who blogs at The Plight of a Fiction Writer. A longer version of her tip is available there, titled Restraint. Please give Rachel a warm welcome and consider stopping by. You can also follow her on Twitter @RachelLeon10. Here she is!
Like many of you, I've read plenty of books about writing and most talk about getting rid of the extra words that weigh sentences down. Sometimes there is an example that does a good job illustrating the problem. I walk away from those books feeling like I will show more restraint and yet my writing continues to be cloudy with unnecessary adjectives and adverbs. I can usually catch them with a thorough edit, but want to learn to eliminate them in my everyday writing.
Though I haven't reached that point yet, I've found a tool that's helping me learn. I avoided joining Twitter for a long time because I worried it would interfere with my writing. Instead I'm finding it helpful as it is teaching me to get rid of extra words that aren't necessary. A tweet can only be 140 characters, so it forces you to be concise. It's a small, simple exercise you can practice anytime.