Tuesday, September 14, 2010


It was only a few days since I bought it
The trout, that is.
I took it out of the frige for dinner
But hmm?
Did it smell more than it should?
I’ve never bought trout before…
So I wasn’t sure if trout is fishier than other fish.
I’d paid a nice price for it…
So I’d hate to throw it out.
But if it was going rotten…
I’d hate to upchuck.
Oh, what to do? What to do?
Why did this choice feel familiar…
To one I had made earlier in the day?
That choice though wasn’t about smelly fish…
But rather it was about a chapter in my W.I.P…
That I’ve been editing.
I read it again for the umpteenth time when…
It reeked!
Of dull, lifeless copy.
It didn’t add anything to the story.
In fact, taking it out would make the pacing better.
But I’d spent so much time on it…
And didn't want to throw it out.
Oh, what to do? What to do?
By the end of the evening…
I made my choices
I ate the fish…
And chucked the chapter.
And this morning?
My stomach is good
And my W.I.P

Always, Em-Musing


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Don't we always know it, when something doesn't sit right in a manuscript? If I can't stop thinking about it, I know there's work to be done!

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