Second drafts are painful.

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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?


2 thoughts on “Second drafts are painful.

  1. Fiona says:

    I know just what you mean, and it’s HARD work, isn’t it! The thing is, though, that although the oak grows so far beyond the acorn as to sometimes be almost unrecognisably related to it, the word is ALMOST and without the acorn the oak would never have existed. I often keep stuff I’ve written and then discarded from a particular piece of text because, as you say, no piece of writing is wasted. It has always pushed you on further and taken you somewhere new, and is valuable from that perspective. You are doing really good work. Keep writing! xxx


  2. Dear Matt,

    Forgotten Tomb Press just opened submissions for Miseria’s
    Chorale, a non-paying epic horror anthology to be headlined by some of the best writers from across the world.

    Since we do not have much in the way of exposure, we are busy personally inviting contributors. We would like to make this project into something special, and we believe your talent could greatly bolster the anthology.

    Please have a look at the short, concise submission guidelines for
    Miseria’s Chorale and the lineup below. Deadline is October 30.

    Current Lineup:
    – Becoming The Beast by Christian A Larsen (USA)
    – Bedfordshire by Peter Crowther (UK)
    – Trauma Children by Lucy Taylor (USA)
    – The Face of Death by Paul Kane (UK)
    – Tomb of the Initiate by Aaron J French
    – The Cherry Tree by James S Dorr (USA)
    – Visit by Richard Godwin (UK)
    – When Karen Met Her Mountain by Todd Keisling (USA)
    – The Banquet by Fred Skolnik (Israel)
    – The Gatehouse by Anna Taborska (UK)
    – Worm Garden by Patrick Lacey (USA)
    – Exit To Dove’s Tail by Ken Goldman (USA)
    – The Catacomb Enigma by Jon Michael Kelley (USA)
    – Instantaneous by Christopher David Rosales (USA)
    – The Eye That Ate The Sky by Alexandre Mandarino (Brazil)
    – From Suicide Station by Adam Millard (USA)
    – Give Me Convenience by Shaun Meeks (Canada)
    – King of a Distant Star by Tim Jeffreys (UK)
    – In Green Remembered by Christopher Nadeau (USA)
    – Cicada by Caren Gussoff (USA)
    – Evacuation by Jay Wilburn (USA)
    – Asrai by Carmen Tudor (Australia)
    – What Lurks Below by Peter Baltensperger (Canada)
    – That Sinking Feeling by Lance Manion (UK)
    – Motel Impression by Michael Thomas-Knight (USA)
    – The Wind by Ryan Neil Falcone (UK)
    – Happy Thoughts by Nick Kimbro (USA)
    – Letters by Christina Murphy (USA)
    – The Shadow On The Hill by Peter Mark May (UK)
    – One by Cameron Suey (USA)
    – Kicks by Carl Barker (USA)
    – Thrall by Richard Farren Barber (UK)
    – The Watching Room by Glen Damien Campbell (UK)
    – The Story by Aurelio Rico Lopez III (Phillipines)
    – Formaldehyde Fairies by Alana I Capria (USA)
    – Hiding by Pete Aldin (Australia)
    – Extremity by BT Joy (UK)
    – A Feeble Gleam of Stars by RWW Greene (USA)
    – Tug by Douglas J Ogurek (UK)
    – Because The Night Is Dark And Full Of Monsters by Sergio Palumbo (Italy)

    If you are interested in being a part of this for-the-love project, we eagerly anticipate your entry. Thank you for your time.

    All The Best,
    David Nell
    Editor of Miseria’s Chorale


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