Recently I turned to a short story I’d written eight years ago. Even by my own measurements it was a long short story, even approaching novella territory. But I’d always liked it.
Looking at the manuscript eight years down the line, I couldn’t help noticing all the words in that thing.
I decided to see if I could sweat the story down to fighting weight. After three days, my revisions had reduced the story by a full half without losing any of the actual story (at least, without losing any of the story that belonged in the story).
I love the fact the Elmore Leonard’s new book on writing is only 96 pages long.