from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Words considered as a group.
- n. The use of an excessive number of words; verbiage.
- n. The number of words used, as in a novel.
- n. Wording.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. words collectively
- n. the excessive use of words; verbiage
- n. the number of words used in a text
- n. the choice of words used; phraseology
IMHO the current wordage is testing the waters of international opinion to see if it can get a cut from the likely large amount of petroleum sitting in that part of the continental shelf.
Whether I move today's scene to the beginning or not, I suspect I won't make quite as big a jump in wordage tomorrow because I'm going to rewrite part of what I wrote today to make it more exciting.
But all of these things influence the reader’s experience, usually unfavourably; and it is obviously easier to give a text ‘air’, so to speak, if the wordage is short than if it is long.
Most authors will only pull that kind of wordage when the deadline demon is after them.
If there is a downside to writing fast and hard it’s that the wordage is a lot less polished and so editing takes longer.
Maybe mentioning that N'gali's people are inspired by a mix African slaves and Central American natives, while El Diablo's people are drawn from the Spanish conquest of South/Central America might clear things up, but I think it's unnecessary wordage in a note that's supposed to concentrate on plot.
He's going to overwhelm you with wordage, with dates and supposed data, he's going to bore you into submission, and at the end you're going to throw up your hands and shout, I know Iraq and Afghanistan were not Don Rumsfeld's fault!
Got instantly sucked into the story, but that's the kind of mega-cool wordage that she kicks out.
Either way, I'm pretty content with the wordage even though my goal was 1,000 total for the weekend.
Doubtless the physical sensations I experienced will be described in full in one of my books and you will enjoy the wordage, then my hero will gird up and go on to the next crisis.
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