Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Dont Fall In Love With Your Own Writing
Like that character you created is so dear to you that cutting any part of him is painful. (Even when it doesn't move the story along).
Like that poetic sentence is just too beautiful to rip out. (Even when it makes no sense).
Like deleting that super detailed scene--that took you months to create--is not possible. (Even when it is too much backstory).
Admit it! You know you've committed one of these crimes. Of having an affair with something or someone in your book that's not good for you or the book. Well, I sure as hell have. In fact, I am still struggling with it during my revision process as I speak (or type).
I read somewhere that while you may love everything you write, liking it too much risks making it difficult to improve. I dont know about you, but I want to improve. I desperately, passionately, intimately want to improve. I want my novel to rock your world.
So I will wipe away my tears as I say goodbye, but goodbye nonetheless.
Have you had to cut, rip, and tear something you loved dearly?