But, is it as fun to read?
Often on the internet, and among my own (fantastic) writer's group, we'll stumble upon a problem sentence or scene. And, in the midst of trying to edit that scene, the writer will eventually say, "You know what? I can cut this entire thing and it doesn't hurt the story at all." I always cringe when I hear that, but up until now, I never really understood why I had such a problem with it.
Then it struck me. Each time we make a decision to cut out a problem instead of fixing it some other way, we bring our story closer to that one-paragraph plot synopsis in our query letter. Which, may seem fine, right? Short and concise is fine...right?
Well, if that's the case, why don't we just publish our plot synopses? Every story really can be reduced down to the bare bones, the focused story with no bells and whistles. But, should it be?
In other news, did I tell you all that I got a puppy? Except, it's not exactly a puppy so much as a praying mantis that climbed onto my herb garden when I put it out to sun a last week. Last night, Manty shed its skin and came out twice as big as it was before. I'm so proud! Tonight, I'm going to try and glue some fur on it.