How to Avoid Overwriting a Manuscript or Screenplay

If a writer is trying too hard to impress readers, or consistently uses language that is too elaborate or detailed, they might get called out for "overwriting". Many new writers believe that they need to share everything that is in their heads, and that is okay for a first draft, but this approach can quickly bore readers. Author and editor Sara Anne Fox warns writers to be careful not to overwrite, especially in the first twenty or so pages of a book. This is when you need to engage readers the...
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