Lately, I am more than writing. I am more than editing. I am more than revising my manuscript. Instead, I am concise, and direct, and intentional with every word on the page. This includes every word trimmed from the page, as well. As a story seamstress, I am doing just that with my manuscript, Seam Keepers; I am hemming up every scene, every page, every paragraph. Less is more. I’m letting specific nouns be the binding, accurately chosen verbs, the stitching. Everything else goes.
And somehow, with the alterations, my story improves.
I would have disagreed a few years ago. Every word I initially wrote was essential and worthy to grace the page. I’ve since learned the falsity in thinking that way. Sometimes the most beautiful words must go. But that’s okay. I created a landing page for my cut material, and later with my poetic nature, I will create…
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