SoCS — Red Pen

“I previewed your first draft and I’d like to suggest a few revisions that might prevent you from appearing to be overly irreverent and could reveal you to be a kind of revolutionary figure in this industry,” my editor said.

“Look,” I responded, “I’m in it for the money, so the more revenue I can generate from this gig, the better. I’m good with doing whatever it takes to rev up the buzz and I want you to feel free to revise away. So by all means, take your red pen, make your edits, and reveal to me your secret formula that will prevent me from failing, as I have previously done upon occasion. I want my work to create waves that will reverberate with my audience. Please review my draft, edit wherever you think is necessary, and help me reverse this inspirational slump I’m suffering from.”

“Okay,” my editor said. “My secret for reviving your career is K.I.S.S. That stands for Keep It Simple Stupid.”

“I don’t understand what you mean,” I said.

“Brevity is the key to revitalizing you popularity and reversing your downward course.”


“Yes, you’re to damn wordy,” my editor said. “Cut back by twenty percent the length of your televangelical sermons, Reverend, and your flock will forever revere you.”

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, where the challenge is to use “rev” or find a word that contains it.

6 thoughts on “SoCS — Red Pen

  1. Sadje December 4, 2021 / 3:20 am

    I like your last lines. Most of them are here for the money.

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  2. willowdot21 December 4, 2021 / 7:13 am

    My Dad always said Brevity is the best form of whit ! 💜

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  3. Nope, Not Pam December 4, 2021 / 11:30 pm

    Probably true, it’s that short attention span thing

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