- Write openers that grab attention.
- Omit excessive detail. It burns up precious word count.
- Omit long sentences, especially those with semi-colons.
- Consider including 1-word, or 2-word sentences for impact.
- Include dialog. Big chunks of narrative create yawns.
- Use contractions. Especially in dialog. One word is saved each time.
- Use words gained from items 2 and 6 to enhance the plot.
- Omit anything that may throw readers out of the story.
- Keep moving the story forward.
- Keep characters down to a minimum.
- Read your draft manuscript out loud. Better yet, record it and listen to the story several times.
- Edit, edit, edit.
And if you want to know precisely how many stories he's published in the last four years, go read it. Unbelievable.