One of the oddities of short-story writing . . . .
. . . is that as I’m sitting here trying to whack another hundred words out of this piece, something in the back of my brain is pointing out that by doing so, I am in fact reducing my income.
Because I am, after all, paid by the word.
Of course, it’s a tradeoff. If that hundred words makes the difference between an editor buying or not buying, then I should go ahead. But does it?
Don’t ask these questions. That way madness lies.
Off to chop out some more words . . . .