Killing My Darlings

Don’t worry, my cats and my husband are all safe. I’m talking about my current novel-in-progress.

Every writer has a favorite passage they’ve written, a favorite character, a favorite chapter. The trouble is, when it’s a writer’s favorite, it doesn’t get edited as well. Often it’s just better to prune the whole thing out and then it’s easier to look at it objectively.

I’ve had to get tough. Really, really mean.

So far, I’ve lost 40 pages to the pruning process. Some may make it back in, most won’t.

I feel like I’m in a bamboo jungle, slashing with a machete. But, the story is looking better.

And I still have my knife in hand.

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