“Snip” – And There Go 33,000 Words …

Ouch.

I did my readthrough of WAVERLEY yesterday. I wasn’t entranced by the opening chapter, which will need a thorough re-write and in-depth trimming.

The rest of the beginning chapters were good for a first draft. I even had some nice character building going on. It was all a fairly good match to the movie that’s been playing in my head.

And then the tale began to go wonky. The vision I had then just doesn’t match the vision I have now.

The result? I kept 20,300 words. And there are three chapters which I will rewrite, so some of it will be salvaged. But the rest of the novel?

Ziiiiip. 33,000 words pitched into the Deleted Scenes file (for “just in case”).

The good thing is, I can start working on it again now. I know why I felt so stymied and unable to get back to the writing. Now everything is a whole lot clearer.

Now to see if I can pull this one off. WAVERLEY is a story that’s been near and dear to my imagination for quite a while now. When it went off track, it went majorly off track. But it’s back on track now.

I think. I hope!

17 thoughts on ““Snip” – And There Go 33,000 Words …

    1. Belle

      I hope I can use snippets of them – I think mostly I feel much better having them there just in case I wake up tomorrow thinking “oh no! What did I just do? Why did I cut out all those scenes???” :)

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  1. Molly

    WOW — I cannot imagine what courage it took to delete so many words that you worked so hard to write in the first place. Good for you for making tough decisions for the sake of quality.

    I like the idea of having a ‘deleted scenes” folder though. I will file that information away for future reference.
    .-= Molly´s last blog ..BTT – Snowy Reading =-.

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    1. Belle

      I felt quite despondent last night, Molly. Went to bed thinking, “I can’t write fiction … I can’t write fiction”. But I feel much better today about things. So at least I got a whole lot of clarity out of this.

      But I don’t want to have to do this again!

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  2. Steve

    Can I get a big round of applause for being back on track? How about a “Hell ya!”

    Wow, you nuked 30k words? I’m not sure I written that much in my life. That takes guts in my book and I am glad the “movie” is going to start playing the way you envisioned.
    .-= Steve´s last blog ..Sticks and Stones =-.

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    1. Belle

      Thanks, Steve. At least today I feel like I can still write this thing, that it was only that it got derailed. Didn’t quite feel like that yesterday!

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    1. Belle

      I’ve never done this before, Dorte. I’ve always liked everything that I wrote when I put it down for a while and then reread it. So it was a bit of a shock finding that once I got past a certain point, the story didn’t grip me. Then I took a good look and saw that it wasn’t actually the story I was wanting to write.

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  3. Jemi Fraser

    That is one big snip! I held my breath until you said you saved them in another file. Phew. Even if I never look at it, I feel better having those snippets securely saved in a file :)

    I’m sure the story will flow for you now you know where you’re headed :)
    .-= Jemi Fraser´s last blog ..Happiness is… =-.

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