It is perfectly okay to write garbage – as long as you edit brilliantly.
– C.J. Cherryh
You know that feeling when you are merrily typing away and the words flow from your mind to your fingertips. You are in your happy bubble and it’s like nothing will be able to stop you and it feels like it’ll last forever. Of course, it never lasts forever – if you’re lucky, it goes on for an hour or two, then things slow down again – but the feeling is so exhilarating!
Then the creative flow trickles to a stop and you proof-read what you’ve just written… and that’s when you realize you’ve been giving away too much too soon. *insert a big – no, make it a HUGE – sigh here*
Yeah, it happens. It’s not always that easy to know, as you are writing, whether you’re giving too much away or not enough… That’s why going back to what I wrote is so important to me.
Oh, I’ve heard about published writers who say they never proof-read any of their writings and I’m sure you’ve heard about them too. They don’t use character sheets. They don’t have a storyline, with the plot and sub-plots nicely planned ahead… They just write and let the words tumble freely from their mind to the page, the story going one way, then another, as different sub-plots make their way into it…
Seriously, I don’t know if they are awesome or careless and sloppy writers. Most of them admit they don’t have any idea of how their story will end. And it’s true you can find as many good endings as bad ones.
Now they could all be big fat liars… Your guess is as good as mine. I know I wouldn’t want to be their editor. Too stressful, thank you. 😉
Anyways, I read and read again everything I write. Maybe I do it too much but, hey, that’s the control freak in me! So before I began adding to chapter 5, I read it again, and I realized that I may have been giving away a bit too much, too soon. So I cut a part of it.
That leads to my question: what do you do when you realize you’ve been giving too much away? I mean, do you delete the part that doesn’t belong there? Or do you cut it and paste it into another file? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Can you guess what I do? Come on, I know you can…