On Writing & Publishing by Robin D. Owens

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Learning New Tricks

As I said before, I am slashing and cutting and pasting Heart Search. Hopefully for the better. It really isn't often that have to move around so much, so I've been struggling to figure out how to handle this.

I've decided to cut what must be cut, but instead of making a new file with the out-take and lose it, I'm just putting it at the bottom of the chapter. That way, by the time I reach that point, I can decide whether to delete the bit or carry it over to the next chapter.

**Sigh** I know this sounds like a simple idea, and I'm sure many writers have figured it out before. But it just occurred to me. So many years, and still learning. OTOH, it beats staring at the ceiling and wondering what to do.

May little fixes come easily to you.


OpenID estara said...

Can I just say how gracefully I think you dealt with the fact that Luna Books shortened the Summoning series. The climax and story still worked, even though you clearly should have had another book at least. I was very thankful.

4:13 AM  
Anonymous Liz said...

What a great idea. I've always put outtakes in a separate file. I'm going to try putting them at the end of the chapter and see how that works.

6:47 PM  
Blogger FantasyAuthor RobinDOwens said...

LIZ, these are bits I'm pretty sure I will use, otherwise they go in the HOLDING files...and I sometimes forget them...or I lose them...or they go in the WEBSITE file to post after the book comes out.

Thank you, Estara. I still think as Keepers of the Flame and Echoes In The Dark as clunkier than they need to be. I had hoped to have Koz as a subplot in Echoes of the Dark, and really did into Luthan's past and character. I think Luthan got the shortest-shrift of all the characters.

As for Raine...I think HER plot was actually better than I'd originally had for her book. But squeezing Raine in with a twins' book made me nuts.

9:16 AM  
OpenID estara said...

True, but it still worked. It could have become such a huge mess as to make re-reading unbearable. You really avoided that and gave me lots of lovely scenes and character interaction to chew on.

12:31 PM  

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