Welcome back to another installment of Freaky Friday with Michelle Roth. I’ll be your host. Michelle Roth. 😉
So, Raven’s post yesterday got me thinking about editing, and the sting that I always feel when I’ve gotta delete large chunks of dialog or an entire scene. Sometimes.. it happens. She’s totally right. The words may be amazing, but if they don’t work in the story, ultimately, you’ve gotta shear them away. Clarity, brevity, and general cohesiveness are key in telling the story you’re meant to tell.
It’s important to recognize, though, that what doesn’t work in this book may work in another one. I have a few different files I keep with fun phrases I’ve cut, paragraphs I’ve deleted, or entire scenes that just didn’t suit my current WIP. These files have inspired two separate books for me.
Hell, one of them is the book I won an Evernight Readers’ Choice Award for. That smokin’ hot sex scene? I originally wrote that for a contemporary book that I released with another publisher. That come to jesus moment at the end of my second vampire book? Completely inspired by something I cut out of one of my first novels.
My point is… you can repurpose some of the things you cut, or you can let them inspire you to find the words you need for another project. I’m not suggesting that it’s a good idea to cannibalize your own work (or god forbid you plagiarize yourself) but… there’s ultimately meaning and value in every single thing that you’re putting on the page. The trick is just figuring out what that is.
More food for thought. Until next week, I bid you farewell.