Until it’s not. The truth is I will undertake endless revisions and write countless drafts if I feel that it’s in service of my story. I am not too proud. (What doesn’t need revision in my life? My shoes? My toothbrush? My cat?)
I remember hearing once that Ruth Krauss cut The Carrot Seed from 10,000 words to just over 100. I try to keep that in mind whenever I’m feeling grumbly or tetchy.
(Image from How to Make an Earthquake by Ruth Krauss and Crockett Johnson, 1954.)