Friday, August 26, 2005

And Away We Go!

I searched through the manuscript, found the things that I loved and that my characters insisted I keep. Then I cut the rest. 55 pages. Gone. (Okay, only in another scrap file.) What a relief it was getting rid of those pages! It literally felt like a weight was being lifted off my shoulders. Seriously, and I know this is going to sound ridiculous, my heart even felt lighter! When I got finished cutting, I was surprised that I still had 266 pages. I can definitely work with that. It's been gutted and the result is the bones of a story that I can once again love and, most importantly, enjoy writing.

3 comments:

Michelle said...

WTG on cutting! On my last book, I cut 75 pages and added 40. It all worked out in the end. I keep forgetting that when you add 1-2 pages a chapter, it really does start to add up!

Lexi said...

I know that I may put some of the other stuff back in just in a different place and with different circumstances, but this story finally feels like it has so much potential again!

Nic said...

When you have the bare bones it gives you ample opportunity to flesh it out just the way you want it to be! I'm so happy for you. :)