Now that I’m a professional writer (ahem), I somehow feel better about trashing large chunks of my writing when it doesn’t work.
Yesterday I was working on “Sweetest Poison,” trying to include more clarity about how the two main characters came to be traveling together. After writing about three pages of it, I realized it didn’t work for the story and tossed it. Okay… I didn’t toss it. I put it in a Notepad file and saved in a folder with the story itself. Throwing away writing seems sacrilegious to me. But it didn’t feel wrong. I didn’t feel like I wasted any time writing it.
The story itself is being troublesome. It’s a rather old one and has been critted several times. I spent a while yesterday reading over the crits and looking for common threads. When things get critiqued by multiple, quality people, it is much easier to know what you did wrong and fix it.
“Sweetest Poison” neglects to show readers how the two people came to be traveling together, and did not have enough clarity about the reason for their journey. I think I’ve fixed that last bit, but the first is bugging me.
They are traveling together because that’s what they do. Is it always necessary to have a meaning… a motivation behind doing something? These two characters have traveled together before. They are both adventuresome types, fighters, and friends of the prince. Isn’t that enough?
It’s 10:22 am. First round of homeschooling is almost over. I have done my marketing for the day, checked emails and forums and now have completed a blog post.
Time to get going on fiction. Today I’m starting a story for the “On the Premises” mini contest due at the end of the month.