Thursday, June 26, 2008


I am not sure what a draft is. I finished my 4,000 word short story, Suffrage. that I discussed here and excerpted here. I even talked about Suffrage's viewpoint here.

I finished the story, front to back, at about 5,600 words. Then I read through and diced it down twice until I got it to 4,000 words. In the process, I rearranged things a bit, edited the copy greatly, emphasized the theme, etc. Then I did another read-through for unity, tone, theme, and more editing.

Have I done one draft, two drafts, three, or four? I would think that finishing, then cutting a story by 30% constitutes at least two drafts. But then, revision and tightening--another draft?

It's all so confusing.

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