Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Done! (For now.)

Huh. Was thinking about how to edit a story, how to tweak a little part for a bigger impact, when I realized I do not have the writing skill to make the story flow the way I imagine it working.

I can tweak and prod and pull all day long and in the end, I won't be able to tell if or when its doing what I want it to do.

I cannot make this story any better. At least for now.

And THAT, my friends, is how I know when I'm done with a story. I think I can trim a few parts of it out (maybe cut 500-1k words,) but once I have the story doing as much as I can wring out of it? Cutting becomes easy once my content is in place.

So, chop a bit out here and there (I'm pretty sure I know where already,) and send it off again. I'll let editors tell me if they like or dislike a part.


  1. Way to go! We should have a contest to see who gets our first novel published before the other. Winner buys loser a drink? (You determine what winner and loser means.)

    1. I'd take you up on that, but I'm doing short stories at the moment, so it probably won't be a significant contest. Response time on a short can be a month, while a book can take a year or longer. Or, I'd have to write a book first.

      Once I've got a few shorts in print (or...bought, at least,) I'll probably go back to working on novel length pieces. And THEN, a contest? Perhaps!