|Tea and inspiration at Lee Rosy's Nottingham|
(pic from www.leerosyshop.com)
This month's homework was to write a story that was exactly 100 words long. It's not a lot, and it was interesting to see who wrote up to the magic number and who edited down to it (raises hand).
Editing is always tough to start with - I think I can't lose a word; then there's a moment when I understand what's really at the core of the tale. After that, there's smoke coming off the backspace key.
I checked the wordcount - 99.
It should be the easiest thing - just add one more word somewhere in the text to complete the task. But the effort I put into finding which words were the essence of the story meant chucking in an adjective willy-nilly made a mockery of the work. I got there, in the end; but it took me as long to add one word as it did to take out fifty.
It reminded me about the importance individual words can have in the text - how every word should be working as hard as it can to drive the story forwards, to get us closer to our characters. A great reminder for any writer - and the gingerbread and orange tea at Lee Rosy's was very nice, too.