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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Wendy L. Koenig

I was born in Colorado, but raised on a small homestead in Illinois. I served in the USAF right out of high school. After my stint in the military was finished, I returned home and had a horse stable. My first piece to be printed was a short children’s fiction, Jet’s Stormy Adventure, serialized in The Illinois Horse Network. It was a natural fit, given my business. Later, I attended University of Iowa's famed summer workshops and writing programs. Since that time, I have authored and co-authored numerous books. Several of my novels and short stories have won international awards and have appeared in multiple venues.