Sunday, 15 July 2007

A Word in the Right Place

Today was one of those writing days when I deleted five hundred words from my novel and typed in five. Whilst I was waiting for the kettle to boil, I came pretty close to writing it off as a 'bad' day. Yet, really, five words can be better than five hundred. It just depends which ones. How about 'No drugs for me, thanks', 'I'll give you another chance,' or even 'I'm so sorry, love.' Yea! Five words rock.


  1. Hi Jennie,

    Just stopped by to link your blog to mine. About the 'good words thing' it reminded me of something: A young man in our office has a T shirt he wears saying - 'Who Needs Drugs?' across the front, then in small letters below it says, 'No I'm serious, I've got drugs!' It's his quirky sense of humour as he's quite ordinary really, and he hasn't been stopped yet, but it's probably just a question of time.

  2. Hi Anita, Thank you for linking our blogs. I'd be the last person to want to curtail someone's fun - but words can be powerful things. I hope your colleague doesn't bite off more than he can chew!

  3. Jennifer,
    I've linked you as well. Your comment reminds me of Stephen King's story in "On Writing" of the author (TS Eliot?) who agonized to a friend that he had only written seven words that day.

    "Were they good words?"

    "Yes, but they were in the wrong order."