Monday, July 19, 2010
When To Ditch That So Called Masterpiece
I have a short story I'll call Ed. Now Ed, is a humorous speculative flash fiction piece. I've subbed Ed to seven magazines and received comments such as "Flesh out more," "Well written, but not for us," "Main character should have bitten someone."
Saturday I forcibly read Ed aloud to Dear Husband. I laughed. Dear Husband didn't. Though DH said he "could see the humor in it." This was most likely my cue to put Ed to bed.
Dear Husband suggested I change a small detail- one character's age. I did. Boom. Then I sent it off to another mag. Bam.
I awoke Sunday morning with a sinking feeling. Changing the age created a little flaw in the plot. I won't bore you with the details. (I'd rather bore you with vagueness.)
Here's an article on a related note. Susanna Daniel discusses the urge to quit writing that book that seems to be taking forever. She's a bit of an expert on this. Her soon-to-be-out novel, Stiltsville, took her ten years to complete! I hope you'll check out her article as well as the book. :)