Clearing the Deck-Week 2: Killing My Darlings

The 360 is back on.


Tried to keep the streak but half way through the week I failed. Couldn’t  do it any more.


I sent an excerpt (first 450 words) of my first WIP to a contest, to see if I could snag an agent.

Missed the first dateline, almost missed the second.

I waited for the comments to roll in on the blog.

They did. I read them.

Oh boy…..

I got slaughtered. Not in a mean sort of way, but worst. But with clear, well made and logical points. All of them very helpful. Then why do I feel so depressed?

Because “beginnings” are my darlings. Yeah, I always prided myself at nailing the start of any WIP.

Scrapping my first three chapters and starting all over again? Never!

Re-writing the opening again and again? Are you serious?

I’m a master at doing those things!

Or not. Not that I hadn’t re-written the opening chapter, or at least trimmed the fat out. And in the back of my mind I knew that I had to change somethings. But this? No, I wasn’t ready for it. So much for thick skin.

So I thought refuge in the Interwebs and fast action first person shooters. Anything to avoid that my story was not yet ready for prime time.

Shows you how much I know.

So hand me that butcher’s knife. I got work to do.


Armin van Buuren is back, Going Wrong:

4 comments on “Clearing the Deck-Week 2: Killing My Darlings

  1. I was going to say something flip about the re-writes being your punishment for failing to resist the lure of the 360, but then I started thinking about how I’d feel if it happened to me.

    Actually, something similar did happen to me. I thought the beginning to one of my stories was pretty good, if not inspired, until I was told differently. So I changed the whole thing, and then I realized how weak it made one of my characters seem. And then I realized maybe that was what the problem was with the original version so I went back and made a few changes that made the original much stronger. But this was after sinking into depression and almost trunking my novel.

    Tomorrow’s Monday, the start of a new week. Let’s give ourselves both a break and start fresh.


    • Thanks Carol for not kicking me when I’m down.

      Yeah, I started already with an opening for my third WIP, plus I got to go back and re-write a few things on the first. I think I figured out what is going on. Bad transitions. Hopefully I can get all of that sorted out soon.


  2. Ack, the PAIN of rewriting…when it means killing a darling. I guess on the flipside–hurrah for moving the story from strength to strength! 🙂


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