Creative Revision

My summer break came to an end just over a month ago, and since then I have had to adjust my writing schedule. My job demands 50+ hours each week. In fact, the last two years I worked an average of 70+ hours per week, but I have capped myself at 50. If I work too much, then I have no time for writing related activities. I am a writer.

While I’m working full time, rewriting comes more easily than writing first drafts. Revision takes time and creative energy, but with a draft already in my hands I am able to focus more easily.

My writing goal for this month was to revise my manuscript so that it would qualify for two novella literary contests. To meet the word count requirement, I had to cut about 8,000 words. Once I read through the manuscript, though, I saw a way of making significant cuts while still retaining the essence of the story.

The story is structured around the convergence of two disjointed narratives. The image […]