I finished rewriting one of my short stories last night.
The original version clocked in under 2,000 words.
The new version hit 10,000 words.
I added characters, a more detailed description of the world and a more descriptive narrative. Overall, I think it made it a much more dramatic story, with a bit more depth.
But, I can’t help but feel I might have gone overboard.
I mean, I increased my output by 8,000 words.
Surely, some of that is unnecessary fluff. Surely.
So, it is with a heavy heart that I must draw my most hated tool in writing–the metaphorical scissors–and hack my story to pieces.
It’s a necessity. I know that.
I can’t have a story burdened down by needless words and paragraphs.
But, how do I decide what to cut?
Do I cut this paragraph, because it casts the main character in a bad light? Do I cut this section, because it does little more than establish a deep relationship between two characters–a concept already covered in earlier paragraphs to a lesser extent?
Do I just say “fuck it” and keep it all, assuming that it’s all necessary?
Actually, that sounds good.
Fuck it. It all stays.