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Sometimes You Need To Scrap It. That’s Okay.

I scratched my cornea two days ago. Forgive any typos as I’m writing this with one eye.

As I am rounding out the last of my revisions and running to the final edits stretch of my novel, I’ve hit a speed bump. I have to cut three chapters. Ghaack! It’s about…7700 words. NOT that I’m a word counter. You can read why if you’d like here: Word Count Goals And The Pathway To Hell

But that’s another subject… When you’re a pantster, like I am, and when you write as slow as a turtle, like I do, you may find that what worked a few drafts ago simply doesn’t work in the final draft. That’s okay. Sometimes scenes no longer fit.

Yes, it creates headaches. But I am a firm believer that cutting makes your work stronger. It makes you look deeper, think harder, and search farther outside the box, which in fantasy, is very important. (Yeah, I write fantasy.)

As I’ve said before, if something doesn’t feel write, it’s because it isn’t. Follow your instincts, listen to your gut, and cut the scene (or at least rewrite it).

4 responses

  1. I took a workshop with Jack Whyte. He told us that he went off on a tangent writing 200 pages. It had to be cut out of his novel. We all gasped,but he was right to do so. Fortunately, in those 200 pages was valuable information and ideas that he was able to use in later writing. He’s written many books including a great series about Arthur and Merlin starting with “The Sky Stone” -Intelligently written and fun. I enjoy your Blogs, Lannie. Thanks

    May 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm

  2. Thanks so much. Lee. I really appreciate that. 😉
    I have heard a good bit about Jack Whyte but haven’t had a chance to read any of his books. I may have to start The Sky Stone series once my novels settle down some. I do love historical fiction mixed with fantasy. It’s what I write from time to time as well. 😉

    May 10, 2012 at 7:50 am

  3. Ha ha, this is EXACTLY how I write, seat of the pants and the cutting during the editing phase. Drastic cutting, rewriting, moving shit around. Believe it or not, I’m actually thinking of (shudders uncontrollably) OUTLINING next time! Don’t think I can because, like you, I create as I go. But I’m going to try to “pants” an outline. Can it be done?? (Lies down with cold compress on forehead). Well, I’ll let you know how it goes.
    PS:You have almost a thousand followers?!? Damn, girl!

    May 10, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    • Thank god it isn’t just me! Hahaha. I know a few pansters. I actually have a post on outlining, (maybe I’ll re-run it tomorrow) and I do believe in *very* loose outlines, but I could never write if I was completely tied down to one. Where’s the fun in that?

      And I swear I’ve created better chapters with rewrites, even though I complain about them. It’s a time thing. I’ve got to increase my speed somehow. 😉

      May 10, 2012 at 9:04 pm


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