Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Shoe Test

I found some great revision advice today on Janet Reid's blog. It's called "the shoe test"
I've been reading manuscripts for the last few days and a recurring foible is what I now call "the shoe test."
Example: "She wore six-inch slingbacks on her feet."
Where else is she going to wear them? Her head?
Go through your manuscript sentence by sentence to make sure you're not "wearing shoes on your feet." You might be delightfully surprised by how much more lean and elegant your prose is.
This is definitely something I've noticed in my own writing; I'll be keeping an eye out for it in future revisions.

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