I hate to delete anything I've written because I'm one of those writers who write tight and struggle for my word count. Maybe a habit from writing so many short stories.
But I've gone through some tough stuff this week.
After some feedback from other writers, I've finally given in. If I want my work to shine, I need to be prepared to cut more than a word or a line here and there. I need to delete, yes, DELETE, whole chapters.
Let me pause here a second to catch my breath.
I need to be willing to cut the words I tried so hard to make beautiful. I need to slice out the parts that don't even move the story or are over dramatic. I need to most of all---
Start my story where it should start.
Yeah, that one was hard to swallow. But after reading a post on Twitter, I became convinced.
Look out. I'm finally slashing. Because in the end, we want our work to be the best it can be. Even if it means revising in ways we've avoided.
I'm a believer.
How long did it take you to cut huge chunks from your baby?