Actually, anyone got a weed-whacker?
There's a call for submissions, short-shorts, 500 words tops. "Cool," said I. Not really, please believe me. But I liked the idea, nonetheless.
I wrote, sumitted. Rejection followed. Not cool.
Still, the rejection said the writing and style were fine, they just didn't like the story.
New sheet of paper, start again. I wrote. And wrote. And wrote some more. By the time I colored in the final period, I had twice the number of words needed/wanted/acceptable.
All that remained to do was cut the story in half, while still keeping the story. In the past I've taken 1,700 words out of a story to get to around 3,000. In another case, 1,000 words to hit a 2,500 word count.
So, 500 should be easy, no? I'm trying to avoid ending up with: "It was a great trip till the bus took a left turn rather than right. It fell off a cliff. Everybody died. The End."
I'll let you know how it goes.