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Read through a story you just got back from a womag to see how it can be improved, then discovered, to your horror, that it's totally BORING!
I had a story, written for a comp, which I decided would be okay to re-write trying to 'fit' the criteria for a womag. The story was quite immoral, so I had to change that bit, change one of the characters, change the beginning and the ending to make it suitable for submission to the chosen market.
It was rejected. Reading it through after rejection I found loads of waffle, unnecessary explanation and far too much telling instead of showing. I was so horrified that I went back to the original story.
Guess what - it was shorter, snappier, funnier and much better written. The moral of this story is: It is possible to make a sow's ear out of a silk purse, you just have to try to make it fit where it doesn't.
Has anyone else had this problem?