I’m struggling to write a short story for a competition entry.
Writing to a specific word count, I have to be careful with the words I use and my problem is always that I want to say more than there is space for. I then start cutting, when I hit the problem of having to cut more and more as of course the links to the previous parts of the story, I cut earlier. I then end up frustrated with a story that has no real meat to it and just becomes bland.
I know the best thing I can do is not to avoid it all together but go back to it again. Looking at every word, every sentence and try to fit it all in. One day I will succeed!