Actually that's not strictly true.
A night off from editing the novel tonight. I meant to sit down and write a short story for a competition but instead browsed my short story folders and discovered a story that was a very good fit BUT...
- It was too long (by about a thousand words)
- It contained too many characters
- It had a distinctly miserable editing
If I was going to sub the story to the competition I had to do a lot of work to it. SO I did. I:
- chopped 1,000 words (and the remaining words tightened)
- chopped two or three characters (I wrote the story before I found out you should have a maximum of 4 characters in a short story)
- made the ending upbeat and much cleverer than the original ending (if I do say so myself)
And you know what? Although it took me the best part of the evening I actually really enjoyed the process and now I feel a tremendous sense of job well done. It doesn't even matter if the story doesn't place in the comp - it's in a sub-able state now.
Now why the hell can't I feel the same about editing my novel? Oh, I know. The story was complete at 2,200 words. The novel is over 91,000 words more than that. Back to novel editing tomorrow.