Tag: Editing

The Fourth Draft: Editing a Short Story with a Friend

The Fourth Draft: Editing a Short Story with a Friend

I’m finished with the foundations, frame, and other major changes to the story, and need to take the next, worst step: being picky about the details. I’m not a naturally persnickety person. Editing at the sentence level is usually as far as I go. Words and turns of phrases feel better when I don’t think …

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Naming the Short Story

Naming the Short Story

I never know what to title anything I write, especially fiction. The short story has been called: “Chess Story” “The Un-Erotica/Non-Erotic story” “Holding Hands” “Smart Lady Gets Emotionally Bent” A former classmate told me that she only titles something when she’s on the final draft. The story will undergo so many changes that the title …

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The Second Draft

The Second Draft

I am on the third draft of the short story, looking back on what I’ve done with the second. Mostly, revising the second draft means ossifying plot and rewriting major sections. I have the ending figured out, I know my major changes, and I’ve cut out the elements which don’t make sense and added structure. …

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