I have just done the hardest thing I have ever done and am physically and mentally shattered!!
I want to enter one of my short stories: The Root Of All Evil, into a competition. The only trouble is the word count must not exceed 2000, and my story hits about the 4000 mark. Not good.
So. I have just spent the last four hours - yes, four long headachey coffee-fuelled hours - culling 2000 words from my story. Talk about killing your darlings...this was more like mass murder!
But I've done it. And, although it hurts me to admit it, the story is now much punchier.
Next step...send it off...