Thursday, July 22, 2010

Writing means deleting

I think most writers would agree that revising is an extensive and important part of the writing process.

So is deleting.

A writer must be willing to let go of words, sentences, scenes, even chapters upon recognizing that they do not work. Every word in a manuscript must forward the plot.

Now that I'm deep in the middle of my revisions, I have written, rewritten and started over on some chapters a frustrating amount of times. What motivates me is knowing eventually I will find treasure in one of those rewrites.

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