Finding My Story a New Home: Part 2


I had to cut ~3200 words from a short story to meet the word count limits of the magazine where I’m submitting.  I don’t know if you’ve ever done this, but it ain’t fun.

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It wasn’t bad at first. It was actually pretty easy. There was some questionable content that had to go, so that was at least 1k. Easy.

Then I had to start cutting lines I really like. Really, really like. I had to keep telling myself, I still have the original story saved. It’s not like it’s gone forever. And this is necessary if I want the story to have a shot. It didn’t make it any easier, but it gave me a push at least.

The last 200 words or so… absolute hell.

But I did it. My grand total is now… 5938

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I’m going to let it sit a few days, maybe a week, before I send it. Hopefully in a week, I’ll still think it’s good.

To be included in this particular publication would be such an honor. I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. I think my story–its characters and themes–would definitely resonate with their target audience. Here’s hoping they agree. 🙂

Look for the next update in Part 3, which will be–based on submission data I’ve seen–probably six months from now. At least. *sigh*

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Thanks for spending some time here. Happy writing!

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