More Concise Writing

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For the past few months, I’ve been working on a short story in order to submit it to an anthology. I kept rewriting, trying to make the plot stronger, the characters more memorable, and the scenes more vivid. I didn’t pay attention to the word count.

Then, two weeks before the deadline, I thought the story was finished—it was as good as I could make it. That’s when I realized I had 2000 more words than allowed in the submission guidelines.

Oops.

I didn’t think I could cut 2000 words from a 7000 word story. That’s over 28% of the total story—gone.

Couldn’t be done. Or could it?

I’ve written before about the benefits of writing shorter and I started to see the 2000 words as a challenge. So I started going through the story and cutting unnecessary words—that got me about 500 words.

I went through it again. There…

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