Killing off my darlings

20 Dec

I don't know what this picture represents, but aside from the near-miss on the moon shot, I thought it was pretty cool.

I hesitated to put that title because I didn’t want FBI showing up at my door to make sure my family is still alive (they are, and as loud as they can be, I’m sure our neighbors can vouch for that). But it’s how I felt when I made what I consider pretty major changes to my manuscript.

I was hesitant, even resistant to the changes. But someone(s) finally took a hammer to my head (kidding, kind of) and convinced me to make the adjustments. I finally realized they were right. It took a lot of work, but it was worth it because the book is so much better because of those changes. In chapter 8 of Julia Cameron’s Walking in this World, the task is to perform an “exorcism” of the creative demon. She suggests throwing it over the gorge bridge or burning it. Too extreme for me. I decided just to cut them and stick the extra “babies,” those pieces I thought were necessary until I realized they weren’t, and pasted them into a document I’ve titled “pieces and parts.”

Of course, I won’t go back to those pieces and parts. They were cut for a reason. They lay in their virtual grave, to only be revived if needed for a reminder to myself or to others close to me that getting rid of those little darlings can be good.

Hard, but good.


4 Responses to “Killing off my darlings”

  1. charmingthemuse December 20, 2011 at 1:53 am #

    YOU. Are. Brutal.
    Well done! ❤

    • ticklingthemuse December 20, 2011 at 11:48 am #

      Thank you, dahling! They. Are. Dead. =)

  2. Patricia December 22, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    Don’t bury them too deeply. Perhaps some day you’ll resurrect them in another tale or two. It happens. Good ideas float about looking for places to land and call home.

    • ticklingthemuse December 23, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

      I have them still in the document if I need them, but there was a reason I cut them….=)

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