Thursday, March 13, 2014

Send off

I finished editing "The Girl Who Couldn't Fly" and sent it off for its first submission today. The first rough draft was 4,100 pages, but by the time it was finished it was just over 3,400 words - a good sign, in my opinion. The better edited a story is, the tighter it gets and the more it shrinks. This is counter-intuitive for most people, and also the opposite of journalism where - since you always write tight to begin with - the more you work on a story the longer it gets.

"Girl" seemed to tighten somewhat more than average, but I believe that is because it was dictated using the Dragon software. That seems normal, storytelling is more chatty that writing.

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