I threw away half a scene yesterday.
It was an unexpected scene, one involving cops, that I’d thought would appear later. In my outline, the cops show up on the second day. But it makes sense for them to show up now – don’t cops show up after an explosion?
I was writing on and on and on and getting no where. I knew what I wanted to write, but that wasn’t what was showing up on my screen. I wanted something crispy, but instead I got two people arguing and getting no where. Finally, I realized that I needed to throw away the last 300 words. I replaced them with about 150 words. It was better. Faster, with the crispness I was looking for.
Why couldn’t I have realized that before I’d finished the damn thing? It felt like wasted effort.
- Passive Sequels in Fiction Writing (advancedfictionwriting.com)
- Why Would You Kick The Sh!t Out Of Your Characters? (lilithsaintcrow.com)