Killing My Darlings Part Deux

11 Jan

Time for a mini rant, y’all.

I don’t mind taking an editing machete to my zombie pages. No problem whatsoever. But those suckers won’t stay dead! I have a few pages that are shambling along slower than a brain biter with broken ankles. Every time I go for a head shot and try to kill the pages, they get right back up again.

So what’s the deal? I think the pages are feeding off my fear that killing the pages will hurt the timeline of my novel. My fear is keeping these damn pages alive. No matter what I do, I can’t figure out a way to cut the pages and make it work.

There is only one solution. Completely rewriting that whole section of the book and altering the timeline. *Slams head on desk*

Why does revising have to be so painful? I have no problem cutting pages, but when it means completely revamping my timeline, scheme, and maybe even my character development, it causes me serious anxiety problems. Not because I am so devoted to the original work as it stands. That isn’t it at all. It is because I am lazy and a total face lift of that part of my novel feels like so much work.

Yet it must be done. Crap.

C. L. Parson

EDITING

I fucking love editing!

 

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2 Responses to “Killing My Darlings Part Deux”

  1. ShannonRaelynn February 11, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    Thanks so much for stopping by. I followed you back and I have to say I am so glad I did. I so understand how you feel about editing, and even more so I applaud your determination to keep on going. Thats what makes a good book. Sign me up for a copy when you are done! And I have to say I am giggling my ass off right now because the picture you have above I also have in my office. And I am going to change the word “coloring” on my picture to “editing” too!!!

    • C. L. Parson February 13, 2013 at 9:52 am #

      Thank you, Shannon. I thought I had replied back but it appears WordPress ate my reply. Yes, that picture speaks to me. LOL!

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