Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Hackage

Had a great writing night - very few new words, but much negative word count. Sometime's it's more satisfying to edit and reduce than it is to get new words. I removed over 500 words from an older short story that was in the "to be edited" pile. They were all clutter, all excess. Not one of them gave anything to the story. My original goal was to cut 300, but I had done that halfway through. So I kept going, hacking and slashing and tightening, reclaiming every word possible. I would like to remove 700 more words, but that would require rethinking the story, not just editing what's there. I wasn't ready to do that. Not yet, anyway. But there's probably some distillation I can do after I let the new version sit a little bit.

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