Stephen King, in his
, provides some , albeit not particularly original that many other How-to books for writers also provide: namely : after finishing the first complete draft of a manuscript, the writer should work through it and try to reduce the number of words by 10%. and As King acknowledges this in the his Second Foreword to his book, Strunk and White’s seventeenth rule (The Elements of Style) is “Omit needless words.” What King manages to tie this process in with, though, those aspects he highlights writing and have urges writers to be In my mind, this advice has become associated with other remarks he makes earlier in the book, in terms of about hunting out adverbs and the passive voice.
It also explains why first drafts can be such a mess.
Regardless of whether