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Critique Technique, Part 43—Too Many Notes

Violin bow over music score

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By Ross B. Lampert

Perhaps you remember this exchange from the movie Amadeus:

Emperor Joseph II: “My dear young man, don’t take it too hard. Your work is ingenious. It’s quality work. And there are simply too many notes, that’s all. Just cut a few and it will be perfect.”

Mozart: “Which few did you have in mind, Majesty?”

Wow. Talk about a perfect response to an ignorant critic—never mind that the critic happened to be an Emperor! (I guess that would qualify as a 3-star review.) And yet….

The truth is, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. In writing, that “good thing” can be descriptive details. Last time I wrote about the expository lump (a.k.a...

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Great Stuff for Writers, April 22, 2013

If you read nothing else this week, read Joel Friedlander’s piece on the destruction of the writing web site Publetariat down in the Technology section. Protecting your blog or web site needs to be high on your priority list because there are slimeballs out there who will destroy web sites just for the pleasure of destroying them. If you have a WordPress.org-based site, I point you to a resource that will help you keep your site safe.

In addition we have posts on picking titles, getting everything right in a story, ending it well, ebook publishing options and resources, going to writers’ conferences, writer’s courage, and the differences between Microsoft Word formats and why that matters to you.

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Kris Montee, one of the sisters who write as PJ Parrish, has plenty of great advic...

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