Revising can be fun. I love molding my manuscript into something all sparkly and shiny (those first drafts can be pretty scary looking!). My plot grows stronger and my characters’ motivations deepen. It’s all great except for the painful part.
Today I gave my outline a serious relook (by the way, I’ve become a big fan on outlining) and I realized I didn’t need two of my chapters. Oh I hard I worked on those babies! I revised, tweaked, and even sprinkled on some pixie dust for good measure. They were good. I could even venture to say great.
Yep. I sliced and diced them. Painful but I know my plot will be stronger. And the reader will be pulled through the story because I’ve sharpened it. So don’t be afraid of those scissors and delete button (or whatever form of punishment you prefer). They are necessary tools for the trade. And, you might actually find it invigorating.
Liberating? Well, maybe that’s going a little too far. My manny’s wounds are still fresh.