Friday, March 10, 2006

Governed by Words


I wasted a lot of time today writing a scene that I ultimately decided to delete. I had wanted to advance the plot between my heroine and a secondary character and thought of a terrific scene in which to do it. Everything was going well, but that scene demanded another scene, and I realized that I couldn't do it. My maximum word count for this story is 13,000 words, and I was already at 13,500, with a few scenes at the end still to write. I spent some time going back and cutting here and there, but it soon became obvious that there was no way I could cut enough.

So, it was with frustration that I delegated everything I had written today to the Snippet File, a sort of purgatory for any narrative I delete. I'm going to have to figure out another way to show that relationship between the characters and hope that the reader will buy it.

Writing is such a bitch.

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Blogger Anna J. Evans said...

This shows great writerly strength. It's hard to delete, especially when you have a 'word count per day' mentality (like I have :) ). Hang in there and maybe someday you'll make a patchwork quilt out of your snippets.

Anna J.

12:15 PM  
Blogger Kate Willoughby said...

Thanks, Anna! It may show great writerly strength, but it showed miserably weak dieter's strength. Weighing in at Weight Watchers today, I gained 2 pounds last week. UGH.

1:21 PM  

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