I put up a fight so brilliant, I won–I finished my first novel. Now I’m fighting for my second; only 25,000 words deep, and I’m already considering a pretty major reconstruction. This decision, I never make lightly, mostly because I have trouble letting go of the “perfect.” Perfect scenes, perfect dialogue, perfect character motivation. I know this struggle is not mine alone.
I have developed my own set of writing rules–four little rules that don’t leave a bitter taste in my mouth.
- Use my editor brain to make those difficult decisions.
- Never delete ANYTHING–save the cut-outs in separate folders.
- Listen to my characters, but show them who’s boss when they need a kick in the ass.