on Anne R. Allen:
No one less than Stephen King has passed along some career-changing advice.
“I got a scribbled comment that changed the way I rewrote my fiction once and forever. Jotted below the machine-generated signature of the editor was this mot: “Not bad, but PUFFY. You need to revise for length. Formula: 2nd Draft = 1st Draft – 10%. Good luck.”
In today’s post, mystery writer Debbie Burke tells us exactly how to deal with our own “puffyness.”
Have you ever received an email like this from an editor?
“Love your story. Cut twenty percent.”
Instant reaction: “Aargh! That cruel editor wants me to tear the heart out of my masterpiece.”
In reality, she recognizes the great heart of your story. She merely wants you to prune the clutter obscuring that heart.