I struggled most of the afternoon to write a 300-word article. It’s a PR piece that had 6 sources, and I wanted to get everyone to make one major point and still keep it short, as per editorial guidelines.
Writing the initial draft (around 800 words) was easy. It was the trimming down to 300 words I had difficulty with.
Around 460 words, it seemed that I’d trimmed the fat, and was now down to cutting the bone, which made for a very frustrating time.
Eventually I got to 370 words, so I sent the story to a copy-editor and asked for a fresh eye to read and cut.
So, what story lengths are easiest for you to write? Are you more comfortable writing news pieces or feature articles? Do you prefer to write a short story rather than a novel? And what processes to you use to get to the required length?