The first draft of my entry for the GiantJuly19 flash fiction contest is complete. This time I deliberately left the pages unnumbered so I would be (relatively) less mindful of my length. Came in at 2435 words. That’s more than trimming an unnecessary word here and there; that’s real meat that has to come out.
I always kept in the back of my head the option to publish a “Director’s Cut” once the contest results have been announced, but now I’m wondering if that doesn’t cheapen the contest entry somehow. The editing should be more-or-less organic, which requires me to care deeply about the 2k-word version. It should be something worthy of the contest evaluators’ time. More people will read the contest version than my precious puffed-up darling, after all.
Anyway, time to get cutting.