It was the hardest editting job I have done yet. But it’s done. I wonder if I can get through the day.
No, it’s not the DOV work.
There was a contest a few months ago where I wrote a ream of story. About 9000 words, but I ran out of steam on it, and never submitted it. I started getting squeezed by a deadline on another contest when I realized that it would be easier to chop up the 9k story than write one from scratch.
What was I thinking? Chop a 9k story to 3.5k in a week?
I had it down to 6.2k on the 25th. As of 7pm last night, I had to sweat 2500 words off the story. 10pm…1k to excise….midnight…600 words…1am…200…It was like doing liposuction on Kate Moss–I was already down to bone in some spots.
Finally, at 2:37 in the morning, I finished with three words to spare. 3497! I just sent it off. Next to this, the rest of the DOV novel will be easy!
Real Life Oddness: That original 9k story? I wrote another one for that contest and submitted it, instead. I got the rejection email yesterday.