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.
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
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*