She Is Focused

May 5, 2009

Chop It Down

Filed under: Chat 'bout — Felicia @ 10:37 pm

Edit ItThere are several factors and guidelines every good writer must follow to thrive and have a lasting career. Aside from coming up with a witty intro that draws your reader in and hold their attention, sticking within a particular word count has always been my enemy.

Understandbly, if you’re a good writer you should be able to make the same point using either 1500 words or 500. A lot of times it’s not a matter of being unable to make your point within the given word count, you just need those extra 500 – 1000 words to provide your reader with additional information that was ‘not important enough to include in those first 500 words’. As the author of the article, you know every single word you write is important and the reader would appreciate having the additional information included.

Perfect example is when you’re doing an album review or an interview. Readers want to know as much information about that particular album as possible before dropping $10 – 18. There’s nothing worst than purchasing an album because the single played on the radio was hot, and the entire album turns out to be a bust. Likewise it’s really hard chopping down an interview; especially a really good one. Or even an interview on a new artist. With newer artists you want to include as much relevant information as possible.

Essentially there isn’t much you can do about getting chopped down. My suggestions when you’re stuck with very few words to get your point across?

1. Ask good questions; in addition to the basic who, what, when, etc., you want to be sure to do your research and find as much interesting information you can on your subject to include in your article.

2. Have a handful of questions ready; although your word count is slim, the last thing you want is very few questions to ask. Ask as much questions as possible and narrow them down later. You’ll find that often the interviewee may repeat themselves or keep returning to the same story or subject with more than one question. When editing you can combine some of the questions into one. 

3. Be very descriptive when doing reviews; try to cram as much descriptive information in your review as possible. You want your reader to feel as though they’ve already heard the album. Or was at that particular event with you.

When all else fails, just send your editor a 3,000 word count document and have them chop it down 😉



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