You know that scene you wrote? Your favourite bit, maybe the bit that started it all? Well that scene might just have to go.
It’s painful I know.
All too often you can find yourself tweaking and crafting an element of your work until you reach near perfection. Sadly it’s such sections that often make your story drag.
I’ve followed the advice of wiser people and I shelved my novel for two months before revisiting it. Approaching it as a reader, rather than a writer, gave me a whole new perspective on things. That’s why I’ve just cut over two thousand words from the beginning of my work.
It’s not that those words were wasted, rather that they were excessive and did little to advance the plot, so for the sake of pacing they had to go.
I’m not worried. There’s a subplot to be expanded on that should more than make up for the deletions; but those words were the first seeds I planted for this story and now it’s grown far bigger.
So I guess that’s the harsh reality, when the oak has grown who cares about the acorn?