Cutting…

So, I’m working on the manuscript that I’m determined to revise.

I’ve set out to deepen the conflict.  I know what needs to be done, and I know how I’m going to accomplish it, so that’s good.  But it’s going to require some ruthless editing.  Like cutting large chunks of dialogue that I still like but know aren’t going to move the plot forward, changing around some back story, and deleting some great scenes.

Even though I know it has to be done, it’s still painful.  But then I remind myself that those words aren’t sacred.  That a rejection is a heck of a lot more painful than deleting words…so I’ll cut and then I’ll paste them into another document filled with cut scenes from this book.  That always helps.  It doesn’t feel as bad knowing those words are somewhere.

So, that’s what I’m up to for the next couple of weeks.

Now, back to cutting.

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6 Comments on Cutting…

  1. Olivia Miles
    Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 9:38 am (3 years ago)

    I had a very similar experience with my Wip!! Painful!!

    Reply
    • Victoria James
      Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 11:51 am (3 years ago)

      It IS!

      Reply
  2. sri
    Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 12:50 pm (3 years ago)

    oh, I know exactly what you mean..cutting out sparkly dialogue is the worst…:-(

    Good luck!

    Reply
    • Victoria James
      Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 1:20 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Sri! :)

      Reply
  3. Jackie Ashenden
    Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 2:56 pm (3 years ago)

    Cutting is painful. But when your story starts getting better and better before your eyes, it’s totally worth it!

    Reply
    • Victoria James
      Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 7:12 pm (3 years ago)

      So true Jackie! …now, off to do some more cutting!

      Reply

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