Author on the Road
I’m on the road without internet, so I apologize for today’s post. If you find yourself in moderation, please be patient and I or a moderator will spring you as soon as we can.
I’ve also been battling edits. Yea verily, I am proof that one should write in haste and edit/revise/tweak at leisure. Because land-o-Goshen am I having to slow myself as I work through the edits on the next release.
And to prove that the Great Author has a slightly warped sense of humor, this hit my in-box this week:
This bit, especially:
“Darlings” that don’t advance the story
We all have stretches in our novel that are in there because we love them and they don’t advance the story and they’re just something we wanted to get on the page. These are the “darlings” in the “kill your darlings” advice.
I am not the type of editor who will tell you to get rid of all of your darlings.
Sometimes darlings are great! Not every single thing in a novel has to be completely efficient and tight and perfect! Some real magic happens when things are at least a little messy!
That said, at least take a hard look at these and do a gut check.
If you have a nagging voice that tells you to cut something… it’s probably best to listen to it. You might be able to find a way to weave these darlings in elsewhere, or they might belong in another novel.”
SIGH. I’m good about dialogue that serves a purpose. I avoid extraneous subplots. I make an effort to foreshadow appropriately. But oh, I don’t want to cut that clever aside, or the cute scene. Even if they slow the pace, and don’t move things, I still love them and enjoy writing them, and why can’t I leave them in, whyyyyyyyyyy?
Because they don’t move things. They serve no purpose. Some can be relocated to act as a pause, a catch-the-breath moment as tension builds. This book is a character development story with a fair amount of action. It needs the tension-release-rest-more tension-less release-shorter rest pattern building to the big finish. Less so than a thriller, but it has to build. Wonderful cute little scenes that don’t carry their freight need to go.
I’ve gone through the Stages of Editing to Reluctant Acceptance. But it doesn’t mean that I’m happy.
I’ll just have to work some things into the next novel in the series.
If all goes well, Eerily Familiar will go out the door by the 15th of this month. And then I dig into revising and editing a very, very different book, one with a far simpler overall structure, Called to the Council: Shikari Book 6.
Where do you have trouble when you write at speed, and how do you make yourself deal with it?