My last column in the paper was edited by the team at the paper. So, I sent them an email asking what was the new size required, and the immediate reply was 450 ‘ish words. My average is 650…
So, deciding that this was a challenge to ‘have a crack at’, I sat down with a couple of columns I had been working on, and looked at trimming off 200 or so words.
The result was… excellent, and proved to be a lot more fun… I know, I need to get out more…
The smaller columns are much more concise, easier to write, and will be definitely easier to read. I love reading columns, but when I see row upon row of print it can be a bit daunting. Whereas smaller pieces, which have been trimmed of excess tend to get more readers.
It will be interesting to see how they develop. In fact, I can see myself reducing the word count to a Haiku version:
End with a Twist,
There you go! How hard could it be? I reckon I could write one of those each week 🙂