Strunk & White & Pixar?

elements of style under attack

As I begin my 3 month writing sabbatical, I am thankful for my past experience as a writer. It is less daunting to write a whole book in 3 months when you’ve already written 5 short 50,000 word manuscripts* over the last 5 nanowrimos (National Novel Writing Month challenge – see

This summary of Pixar’s writing secrets is a great reminder that stories need not be long or complex to evoke.

This week I am focusing on rule #17, reusing parts of past manuscripts in my current book.


Coincidentally, Rule #17 from Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style is the most important rule to writing:

Strunk & White Rule #17:

Omit Needless words.


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