The Word Loss Diet - For Writers

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Tighten and tone your writing style, and use simple revision tricks to slim down your manuscript. Shed thousands of words without changing the plot.

Strip away the word fat and reveal the muscle of your unique author voice.

This book is short, but potent. More

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About Rayne Hall

Rayne Hall writes horror and fantasy fiction. She is the author of over forty books in different genres and under different pen names, published by twelve publishers in six countries, translated into several languages. Her short stories have been published in magazines, e-zines and anthologies.

Recent books, currently published in e-book format, include:
"Storm Dancer" (dark epic fantasy novel)
"The Colour of Dishonour. Stories from the Storm Dancer World"
"Six Scary Tales Vol. 1, 2, 3, 4" (creepy, atmospheric horror stories)
"Writing Fight Scenes" (practical instructions for writers)
"Writing Scary Scenes" (practical instructions for writers)
"The Word-Loss Diet" (self-editing for authors)
"Writing About Villains" (practical instructions for authors)
"Writing About Magic" (practical instructions for writers)
"Six Quirky Tales Vol. 1" (humorous fantasy stories)
"Six Historical Tales Vol. 1"
"Six Historical Tales Vol. 2"
"13 British Horror Stories"

Storm Dancer is also available in paperback.

She is the editor of the Ten Tales anthologies: "Bites: Ten Tales of Vampires"
"Scared: Ten Tales of Horror"
"Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts"
"Cutlass: Ten Tales of Pirates"
"Beltane: Ten Tales of Witchcraft"
"Spells: Ten Tales of Magic"
"Undead: Ten Tales of Zombies"
"Seers: Ten Tales of Clairvoyance"
with more titles coming soon.

To view short exciting trailers of some of these books, go to

After living in Germany, Mongolia, China and Nepal, she has settled in a small Victorian seaside town in southern England.

Rayne holds a college degree in publishing management and a masters degree in creative writing. Over three decades, she has worked in the publishing industry as a trainee, investigative journalist, feature writer, magazine editor, page designer,production editor, concept editor for non-fiction book series, anthology editor, editorial consultant and more. Outside publishing, she worked as a museum guide, apple picker, tarot reader, adult education teacher, trade fair hostess, translator and belly dancer.

Rayne also teaches online classes for writers. Topics include Writing Fight Scenes, Writing Scary Scenes, Writing Short Stories, Creating Great Villains, Tightening your Writing Style, and more.
The next class is in September: "Writing Short Stories to Promote Your Novel"

The author portrait is by the artist Fawnheart.

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Review by: Rowan Jade on Feb. 11, 2013 :
This book was an quick read. I was able to instantly apply the examples to my manuscripts. Even after years of writing, I was surprised how often I was guilty of the nonproductive words.
I would recommend this book to any writer needing to trim or even ideas for editing their book. The Word-Loss Diet puts all of the words that could be reduced or changed into one source and more importantly explains why.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: AnikaDaniels on Jan. 13, 2013 :
Unlike macros or online editing tools, this book provides examples to explain why something is unnecessary. I’ve always found it hard to trim my superfluous words because the tools I used never provided a full explanation. Following the exercises in chapters one and two of The Word Loss Diet for Writers my manuscript shrank by 700 words! I’m sure there will be further shrinkage once I finish working through the exercises.

This book covers redundant words, dialogue, barrier words, adjectives, adverbs, watery words, tautologies and tightening the plot. Although this book is targeted at novice writers I would recommend this book to any writer keen to tighten their writing. This is a fantastic tool for your arsenal.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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