“When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.”
What makes a story or an article so powerful? The fact that it resonates with readers.
The next question would then be how can my story resonate with my readers.
The answer is by writing your truth.
Once you’ve written down your truth consider that your first draft and this is by no means a way of saying your story is ready for publishing. All you’ve done is the ground work.
The next task is editing that work to make sure it hits the right notes and strikes the right chord.
Stephen King advises that you cut it to the bone. Why? It is because you don’t want to put words. phrases, punctuation marks that would distract your reader from the essence of the work.
Editing your work may not be easy because it could feel like you’re hurting your child, something you created, but you have to remember that it is necessary and must be done.