I know the story that I wish to tell. All of the story, leaving nothing out. However, over the course of the writing process, the manuscript has grown to well over 350 pages. I cannot hope to publish such a large tome as a first time writer. The dilemma has, at times, left me down and hopeless.
Again, communicating my anxiety has been a source of great solace and solution. Friends and family can sure help–and sometimes from people I’ve never met.
The River of January, at this moment is undeniably too long. So, after much anguish and talk, and a new writing friend’s kind ear, the editing scissors came out. I have lopped off the first 50 pages for use perhaps, later, in another work. Also eliminated was the story, in the story, examining the evolution of the book. The files are available, and the content unharmed. Certainly the length has finally become reasonable.
This time, compromise seems to have moved the project ahead. And though I tend to over tell the story, that perhaps isn’t necessary, at least not today. I could have chosen to hold my ground, only removed the personal narrative, or take the third route.
As repeated on the old game show, “Let’s Make a Deal,” I choose door number three. I need to go forward.