Killing My Darlings and Disposing of the Bodies

20 Sep

Yesterday, I did some hardcore rewriting. It left me drained and oddly excited. Below are all the grisly details. Viewer discretion is advised.

Let’s start with the murders, shall we?

And by murder, I am talking about the twenty pages I completely trashed. I debated with myself about throwing away so much work, but in the end, the murdering of those pages helped make a stronger manuscript.

What about the bodies?

The twenty pages included some important information I still needed in order make my novel work. I shifted through all of the shit to find the bare essentials. I wrote them down on note cards to remind myself that these “bodies” needed to be relocated. Then on the back of the cards, I jotted down some ideas about where the “bodies” can go in the novel without it feeling like an info overload while still contributing to the natural flow of the dialogue. Below is one example.

The front of the card AKA the corpse

Back of the card

Seeing RED

After I had a few ideas about where to dispose of the bodies, I began to rewrite the manuscript. It began innocently enough. I told myself I was just going to read through it and make a few notes if I didn’t like something. I ended up doing more slashing than Freddy Krueger at a sleep study clinic. Below is a picture of the carnage. Oh, the humanity!

Avert your eyes!

In the words of Catherine Scully, a friend of mine, “that, my friend, is a lot of red ink.” (You can find Mrs. Scully on twitter @CatMScully. She also has an awesome blog: cscullywriter.wordpress.com.)

Instead of cowering in fear, I find myself rubbing my hands together, sharpening my knives (red pen) for round two. Muahahahaha! Manuscripts beware. There is a killer on the loose.

C. L. Parson

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7 Responses to “Killing My Darlings and Disposing of the Bodies”

  1. Kelly Vandever (@KellyVandever) September 20, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    (shudder) I just hope I can get to sleep tonight without having any nightmares!

    • C. L. Parson September 20, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

      Don’t worry. You’re safe. But your book isn’t. Muahahaha!

  2. kellyvandever October 1, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    I enjoyed linking to your blog from my blog! Hope you don’t mind CL!
    http://speakingpractically.com/2012/09/27/we-needed-more-time-trying-to-cram-too-much-material-into-a-presentation/

    • C. L. Parson October 2, 2012 at 9:01 am #

      Thank you! I don’t mind one little bit. 🙂

  3. Adam Nathan October 12, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    I, for one, would like to make the case for not killing off “Where the fuck are you, bullets?”

    • C. L. Parson October 12, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

      Ha ha! I will take your opinion into consideration. Thank you for your input.

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