Editing Killed Fiction – SHORT STORY

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Based on a true story.

I ASSURE YOU it’s dead. Don’t bother looking for a body. How can you find something that doesn’t technically exist?

Where have all the stories gone? Where are the ideas, original and crisp? Fiction, we used to be such good friends. Only days ago we joined forces and concocted brand new characters, devilish plots and filled the screen with the alphabet, rearranged at will, fired by creativity as fingers danced over the keyboard; more tap than break dancing, more tap than Vienesse waltz.

We were good together, me and fiction. No heartbreak involved. No moving out. But things fall apart. We needed to go back to our roots. If we could find them. And we couldn’t. Metaphorical was all they were. Metaphysical is all you are, dying on me every so often, to remind me how special it is to orchestrate new worlds beyond those that we see.

I’ll find you fiction. The phoenix of many ash piles. But for now, editing is killing you – no guns – one logical, syntactic, grammatical page at a time.

14 thoughts on “Editing Killed Fiction – SHORT STORY

  1. Yes, stories could be housed in a novel once upon a time. Until they were ripped apart and novels became bereft of their small little souls….
    A brilliant take on editing as deconstruction rather than construction…!

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    1. Thank you, and for dropping by.
      I agree, a lot of books seem to be pages and type I understand, but not much else.


  2. I just sent my latest book off to my editor yesterday. I need to hurry up and start some new creative writing before I get the dreaded email with everything I need to rewrite and fix.

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    1. Congrats.
      You have a window then! Enjoy creating.

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  3. Right now, I’m in the same boat. Jealous Editor has done away with Lovely Imagination and hidden the body. But once Jealous Editor has had its way with me, grown bored and moved on to someone else, Lovely Imagination will rise from the dead. It’s happened before, and I’m positive it will happen again. And again.
    Hang in there; fiction will find you when the time is right. 🙂

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    1. It better! 🙂
      I know it will really, but it’s still a bit frustrating. It feels weird not writing new stories but editing is a priority.

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  4. Looks like you’re having a good long editing process! 😉

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      1. Keep rocking, Lion! 😊😊
        Best wishes!!

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  5. Never have I read something that so perfectly illustrates writer’s block.
    Excellent work!

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    1. Wow, thanks for your kind words, and for stopping by! 🙂


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