Sunday, October 10, 2010

I've deleted the title, it wasn't essential!

Right, I’ve finished my story. Oh dear, I think it’s a bit too long. I seem to remember some rule about it having a maximum of 150 words. I’ve more than doubled that. What shall I do? I’m going to have to eliminate anything that’s not essential.
So, out goes the second paragraph. It’s not really necessary. Now that’s gone, the third paragraph has nothing to relate to. I guess that can go too. Okay, it’s shrinking.
If I am clever with the title and make it really descriptive, I won’t actually need need the first few sentences. While I’m at it I may as well strike the whole paragraph. Let’s see? Yes, that works.
There are a lot of flowery phrases down here. Loads of words can disappear without really altering the story. Trouble is, some of the sentences are left looking a little basic, naked even! I’m not very happy with them. I think I’ll knock them out completely. Yes, that’s better.
I suppose I could use a picture of the main character and then I won’t need to describe him. That's another chunk gone. 
I’ve just read what’s left, and paragraph four doesn’t make sense without paragraph three. And I could even remove five now that two’s gone. Mmmm.
The ending is a bit over the top now that so much has been taken out, so I’ll dump that too. There it goes!


Right, done. Here we go then, I really hope you enjoy it! 
Oh! It’s all gone! Every single word! All that remains is the title, and a picture of the main character, and they are not really needed without a story! Guess I’ll have to start again. I need to keep count this time. Here goes!
Once upon a time (4 words) there was a man called Eustace (that’s 10 words – 140 to go!) and he lived in.............


Written for the Sunday Scribblings prompt, Essential





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7 comments:

  1. Good one It is essential though to tell were he lives. What about NZ

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  2. You could just use the picture and have no words at all :)

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  3. That will teach us to go overboard with our editing. I'm not a lover of cut flowers but words are the lifeblood of our writing, we must take care to tend them. Great lesson here.

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  4. This one made me smile..the delights of flashfiction..Jae

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  5. Ah yes...the editing process...I rarely go there anymore..essentially most of my words, phrases, etc. are never essential...I think

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  6. Very good one. I love the humor in this... and how often can we really do this with our writing?

    Without taking away from our stories, that is...

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