I'm beginning to understand all the hair-pulling, *headdesk* frenzy over editing.
Sure, I've edited and revised stuff before, but nothing like I'm going through with "A Tender Touch."
I know "they" say to leave something alone for a while after you've written it, but I already had a lot of thoughts on what to add and subtract while I was finishing it up yesterday, and I figured I'd go ahead and do some of them before I forgot.
Then I decided I'd go ahead and tweak some more. And some more...
And now I have a raging headache, several hundred new words on the story, several hundred less old words, and still feel like I'm swimming upstream.
I've always enjoyed revision in the past, but this is tough! I'm guessing it's because it's a short story, not a novel, and all the emotion and plot-arcing and such that I'd normally have 200 pages to lay out are all being condensed into 6 pages.
I've only written one other short story, and it came out about 89% how I wanted it to look in the end. The editing process was minor and not painful.
This story came out about 60% where I want it.
NOTE: I just realized that it's 2:30 and I haven't eaten since 8:30. I'm thinking my headache may be hunger-related. I forgot food in favor of writing? Whoa! Does this make me a real writer? Maybe only if I'd been drinking gin instead...
Anyway. Another problem that I'm seeing is that usually in my short stories/microfictions, I'm just writing about ONE scene. In fact, most people suggest that for a short story, you write about the scene containing the climax, and only that.
Well. That just doesn't work for my story. I'm doing my best to keep it to just two scenes before the climax, but for the emotional development that's pivotal to the story, it's pretty tough.
Enough kvetching for now. I ate while typing this, and my head feels better already, so hopefully I'll finish banging out some edits, then let it rest for a while...