Cut it!

Uncategorized Mar 21, 2022

Back when I did standup, the manager of the club where I started took me aside. He told me I should take a particular bit out of the act because it wasn't getting laughs. "I know," I said. "But I like that bit." "You're not up there for yourself," he said. "You're up there for the audience. Cut it." He was right.

It's the same for writing: the purpose of writing is to provide value to the reader. It's a simple lesson that takes discipline to follow, but the payoff is big: if it doesn't work, cut it. Don't write for yourself. Write for the reader.

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