Save Your Scraps (Writing Quick Tip)

Ever have a piece of a story that doesn’t quite fit?

You know it doesn’t work, but it looks so gorgeous and you put so much work into it that you can’t bear to just cut it out and throw it away. And so you put more and more and more time and energy into trying to make that piece that doesn’t work fit somehow darnit.

And it never does. And you’ve invested more time so it becomes even more important to make it work goldarnit

And it still doesn’t work

Deep breath…

This kind of situation can be a trap for a writer. One solution is to put on your Ghengis Khan costume and ruthlessly slash off anything that doesn’t work.

Which can hurt.

Try this instead.

Make yourself a folder on your computer for all our bits and pieces that just don’t quite work. When you run into one of those sections that are so beautiful  but just don’t work, cut them out of your manuscript and paste them on a document in your holding folder.

Done. Less painful- because you know that, if you need it, it’s still there to add back in if you figure out how to make it fit; and it also is available to be inserted into another work if you find a better home for it.

Even if that takes awhile (or never happens), that beautiful phrase or paragraph is still there if you need it.

Save your scraps. You may be able to make something beautiful out of them

Catherine Kane

1/23/15

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better” ,“The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”,   and her new book “Magick for Pennies”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

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