I don't have this problem with fiction, for some reason, but when it comes to non-fiction?
I'm revamping my studio website, and goodness. I write content, and then I literally have to delete 90% of it.
Even sadder is that of the10% left, probably about 90% of that should be cut, too.
Or maybe not.
See, online, people tend to skim. So I was wondering: if they only process the main points and skim the rest, then isn't there a point when cutting out everything but the parts they don't skim, would mean they would still skim and miss more main points?
I didn't explain that well.
Take a reader who skims 80% and reads 20%. If you cut out the 80% they normally skim, would they still read the 20%? Or would they skim 80% of the 20%, and then read only 20% of the 20%?
So, in that case, should we leave in the original 80%, suspecting they'll skim it, so that we know they'll get the 20%?
(Am I making any sense at all?)
See. This is one of the reasons why nonfiction is such a challenge for me.
So what do you think? And how was your weekend? Whatcha up to? How's the writing going?
(Over here, guild is over, I'll be able to write on Monday, finally, and I'm still working on the spy thriller. Except for the last week, but it was a busy one. I'm trying to convince DH to take me to a drive-in movie tonight!)