Yeah, that’s right…the delete button.
I have been good friends with it of late…so much so that I think my CP is seriously considering removing it from my computer. Now don’t get me wrong – it is important to be able to delete your words, rearrange them, cut and trim.
But sometimes, I do it in the extreme, letting my internal editor get into the game FAR TOO EARLY.
This deletion started while I was doing a major revision on my last novel. Part of my brain was obsessing on my WiP (I know, shocking that I would obsess on anything, right), stewing on the storyline. During that phase of stewage, it hit me…
I am telling that story ALL WRONG!
Nevermind that I am over 20K into it, it’s wrong
Wrong wrong wrong.
So, what’s a girl to do but delete. A lot.
It started last Friday. I opened the document to start over. I read the 20K I had. My heart tore open…it was pretty good. Not perfect, not polished…
But it was great raw material.
But still, I was telling the story WRONG.
I opened a blank document and stared at the page, ready to restart the entire story. Delete my words – all of them – and just start fresh.
I couldn’t seem to write a thing.
So I opened my chat box and talked with my writerly BFF.
“Whatcha working on?” she asked.
“PS. Gonna start over. From a blank page.”
This statement elicited a series of “dude!” and “not again” and “I am seriously taking your deleting button away.”
See, I have deleted the initial 10K to this story probably 500 times so far. Really. Which is my she was pretty adamant about not deleting AGAIN.
After chatting and procrastinating for a few minutes (maybe more than a “few” minutes), I went back to my blank document and employed my fav form of torture….Dr. Wicked. I wrote for 30 minutes and voila, a new beginning. It was messy, rough and needed LOTS of polishing…
But the document was no longer blank.
I then went back through the 20K and decided to stop being so “all-or-nothing” with it. I broke it into scenes, re-outlined the book (yes, I’m a planner) and figured out where I could use the words.
Guess what…I COULD use them. Pretty much ALL of them.
Whew!!! What a relief. Instead of a zero word count, I still had my 20K…and a clear plan of where to go with the story – how to tell it correctly.
Needless to say, I am excited about the project once again…excited to finish it, polish it, and let it loose on the world. My new goal, finish the rough draft in the next few weeks. Of course, polishing will take a while…but getting the rough draft done in September would be HUGE.
Have you ever deleted HUGE amounts of your projects? Did you use any of those words somewhere else?