It’s Writing Wednesday! On Thursday! It happens.
I was going to skip this week, but I wanted to share the amount of butt that was kicked by me. Worst. sentence. ever.
I’ve managed to cut 2,086 words this week, and I’m way more excited than I should be. #amwriting #amediting #celebratesmallvictories #cuttingwordsishard #stilltoolong #writingwednesday pic.twitter.com/AMRG4oH1Qr
— Lauren See (@laurenseewrites) October 10, 2018
So here’s the deal. I’ve been on a quest to submit my short story to an online publication willing to accept something not only hella long, but also with a portion previously published. I’ve managed to find three. Yay! (Well…two were “yes” and one was more of a case-by-case basis kind of thing.)
About twenty days ago, I got the go-ahead from two of the three. (One of them said yes about a month ago.) So what have I been doing? I didn’t start the epic trim until about three days ago. And before that, I spent many hours trying to wake up my writer brain. First, I had to find it, then basically beat it into submission. I watched too many YouTube videos to count from different AuthorTube people I like. I needed inspiration. But the good news is, I’ve managed to cut a grand total of…2,101 words! That is major for me. My story is now sitting at 9k, which is still pretty long for a short story, and it may pretty much send me directly to the slush puppy pile. But that’s ok! I still consider this a victory. A) I actually did what I set out to do! and B) Cutting words is so hard for me! I hate it. I thought there was no way.
So, despite what happens with my story, I look at this as good practice for when I tackle my novel revision. That’s my next project. Oy vey.
Side note: did you know you have to have a cover letter with a short story submission? Yeah, you probably did. I did not. So there was another hour of my life trying to figure out how to write one.
For most people, sharing how you cut 2k words is far from blog-worthy. For me, this represents the first step of my return to the writing world!
The real return this time. Not like last month. False start–something like that. I mean it this time. I’m ready! Finally.
Also, sticking with what I said last week, I’m still going to avoid goals and stick with wishes. There are things I hope to accomplish. Hope to. We’ll see what the next few months bring.
Thanks for spending some time here. Happy writing!