Monday, June 11, 2012

Revisions Suck...

It's so hard to cut things out of your story!! At least, it is for me.

Most of the time my WIP's end up about 25,000 words too long, and I don't even get the chance to see how frustrating cutting things out is because I can't even figure out where to start. Wolfy Love Story is another thing entirely. I have maybe 5,000 words to cut out (a feat that is simultaneously easier and so much harder.) Now I actually have to start hitting delete.

I think it's something that only other writers can fully understand. To a non-writer it's like "So what? I don't know what you're complaining about. Just erase some stuff." But it's never that easy is it? Because when you're ready to delete that giant paragraph in the middle of chapter 2, you suddenly see that really clever line that came to you like a bolt of genius lightening. Suddenly you're trying to figure out where to move it, and sometimes it just doesn't fit anywhere but there. So do you delete the paragraph, and the amazing line with it, or do you try and keep it out of sheer will?

Some things are easier to let go of than others. I think it's one of the most important lessons you can learn about revisions- How to cut without taking away that twinkle that makes the story so special.

But when cutting words gets easy you have another problem. That means you haven't written anything worth hanging onto like a starving orangutan with a banana.

I just keep reminding myself that there may be some gems I have to let go of, but without doing that I can't find the diamonds behind them.



  1. Anyone who says cutting is easy has never written before. Keep working on those gems :)

  2. Hey! I just want to say I quite enjoy your blog. Currently in the revision process as well and it's a very love-hate relationship for me too. It's difficult changing things, but I love that I'm closer to the book I envisioned it to be in my head - Anushka

  3. Revision is SO hard. I've gone through five drafts of my WiP, and I hit another stroke of genius last night, so I'm about to go through another. Best of luck to you!!

    I've left you an award on my blog, btw. :)