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I wrote over 150 verses for Iron Horses and just 18 of them were used in the final story that I submitted. It's very hard to decide what to include and what to eat out. Perhaps the best way is to cut out EVERYTHING except the absolute bare bones story and then add the most interesting facts one by one until your word count feels just right. Put the rest of your facts into an author's note in the back of the book.
#61 - May 03, 2012, 09:12 AM
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(Verla also doesn't use articles or conjunctions.)
#62 - May 03, 2012, 09:15 AM
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Very true. I write extremely spare verse.

Example of two verses from Iron Horses:

Black clouds skuttle,
Billow high.
Lightning crackles,
Splitting sky.

Time for pleasure,
Town of tents.
Raucous ruckus,
Ladies, gents.

And here are two verses from my new book, Civil War Drummer Boy, that's being released on May 10th:

Weary army,
Must retreat.
Johnny, drumming,
Slows his beat.

"Lee surrenders!"
Headline reads.
"War Has Ended!"
"South Concedes!"
#63 - May 03, 2012, 10:05 AM
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Verla's writing= :love4: Just reading it makes me want to get to work!
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Verla, reading your work is like a master class for us mere mortals.  :) Thanks!
#65 - May 03, 2012, 11:02 AM
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Amen, sista! ;)
#66 - May 03, 2012, 11:13 AM

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Thanks!

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#67 - May 03, 2012, 12:40 PM
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Verla,

Thanks so much for your post. When I read your work I thought :wow.... and then  :wow

I like your style of writing very much.
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:) Hannah. Glad you like it.
#69 - May 04, 2012, 09:25 AM
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