Lift This, Lipo That…

Plastic surgeryThe patient is prepped and waiting, and the surgeon approaches. The patient is too heavy and must lose weight…a lot of weight! There’s only one solution and the patient goes under the knife.

The “patient,” in this case, is a short story intended for entry in a writing contest as part of the Tennessee Mountain Writers Conference coming up in Oak Ridge in April. Entries are limited to 3,000 words and…well…it’s a good story but it’s 5,300 words. (And, no, they won’t make an exception).

The integrity of the story must be maintained so the plot itself is not reconstructed but parts of paragraphs are transplanted. Words are excised. Phrases are abraded. Clauses are bypassed. And a number of sentences are amputated altogether.

The end result is achieved: 2,989 words! And, like all good plastic surgery, the patient is not different, just better than before.



Author: linnhemccarron

Have completed four Contemporary Fiction/Romance novels in The Riverwood Series. The first was released in August 2018; the second is under contract and in the process of edits. The third book and fourth books are in the queue. The fifth is now the current work-in-progress. The setting is Big South Fork, Tennessee which is known as "The Trailriding Capital of the Southeast" so these stories will all appeal to horse lovers who love to read books about horses.

4 thoughts on “Lift This, Lipo That…”

  1. You are definitely The Specialist, the top notch surgeon!!! I felt daunted by that task and so wanted to be helpful but felt like I just butchered it! I was somewhat pained, lol!


    1. It’s what I do so well…tear into other people’s work LOL. That’s why I have to give mine to “critical readers” because it’s easy to see where others’ work can improve and hard to see where your own needs improvement. It’s nice that we all have a relationship where we can expose our work for comments and criticism, and use the feedback. I’ll be eager to see the “patient” once the bandages are removed because the author herself will have the last word (literally).


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