David & Teddi Traveling to the Land of Rejection
December 1, 2005 | It's All About Writing
Yesterday was a writing bomb that let rip a sound heard around the world. Well, at least the world of Teddi and David.
I worked for hours, literally HOURS, because it’s time for David to grow a conscience. Yes, he feels guilt but not as much as I do for not expanding his 139 word POV into at least 500.
It just doesn’t work! Every new word sounds eactly as it is – filler. Editors do NOT like filler. As we all know, every word has to move the story forward. My extra words offer insight to his character but even had me nodding off. I can just imagine if my critique partners or the Brazen Vixens ever got a hold of this crap. There’d be more 2×4’s and crops waving than flags on the Fourth of July.
So it’s decision time. Do I shoot myself in the foot to meet a word count or do I do right by my hero? Have to do the right thing. If the editor doesn’t like his angst in a well-written, tight 139 words, she’ll tell me. Maybe she’ll even say it’s good. And maybe I really will wake up tomorrow and be a natural blonde!
Ah well, back to the delete key.