Every writer has heard the advice about killing your darlings. How important it is to know when to let go, be it an idea or a beautiful passage of prose, a turn of phrase. There is a maturity in sacrificing a small jewel in a project for the betterment of the story itself. But let’s face it. It hurts. Like re-breaking a misaligned bone so that it can be re-set. You are clearing something good to make way for something amazing.
I recently heard a somewhat extreme version of the killing your darlings concept. It’s for those that are caught in a quagmire and cannot seem to move forward, or just those daredevils that want to see what other options might be out there. The concept is this. Take your best idea, or a couple of your best ideas, and throw it out. Then dive back into the project and see what shakes loose. Continue reading
If you’re a swimmer, you know you swim fly, back, breast and free in that order in the IM. If you know nothing about swimming, you are likely feeling like a foreigner in a country where everyone but you speaks the same language. It’s an uncomfortable, frustrating position to be in. Yet, every hobby and sport has its own lingo, just as every profession, including writing, does. I was reminded of this fact last week while talking with some writer friends. I used the acronym WIP during our conversation and one of the women interrupted me to ask what it meant. “Work in progress,” another answered. Since then, I’ve been thinking about how much there is to learn when it comes to writing terminology. Continue reading
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