Monday, May 14, 2012
Redrafting stories is an essential part of writing. 'The Superficial Contact of Two Bodies' is a short story I've been redrafting periodically since 2004. I think I've finally cracked it. It's a cliche that authors have to kill there darlings. But the underlying truth of that is that as writers our skills develop and improve and what we considered as our own good writing one or two years ago looks cringeworthy on later re-read. I still believed in the narrative of Superficial but it contained much that was overwritten and overblown. I think I've pared it back now and included detail that rounds out the world and the scenario. A week in the bottom drawer and a final review and I think it will be ready to hit the markets.