I’ve been plugging away at the short story in an attempt to whittle it down to 1500 words. Presently at 1742.
What a fascinating and frustrating exercise.
My brain is weary. Like working on a logic puzzle.
I gnaw away at the story. Paragraph by paragraph I edit words, then start the process again.
I decided it reads more like a chapter in a book than a short story.
So, in good editing fashion, I went back to the original and chopped the first two-thirds of the story. How many times do we read, “It will be painful but, throw the first chapter or two away.”
Now, I am left with 1250 words. Words with way more juice in them.
If only I’d done that days ago!
How many of you write short stories? Whether short story or novel; how goes your work in progress?