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Off the Rails

April 30, 2018

Sometimes a book just goes off the rails…

Honor did that. About 5000 words in, and I was too close to realize it was happening. It took a very nice editor to point out the problems if I chose to keep it on its current track. And while the problems were all ultimately fixable, Honor wouldn’t be the book I want it to be. So, I got my glass of wine ready and prepared myself to attack the manuscript like I attack steeks when knitting. Drink up and cut away.

I printed up the manuscript and with a red pen in one hand and a glass of wine in the other, I got to work, I soon realized the red pen wasn’t going to cut it. I needed something more. A Highlighter! Instead of cutting out what didn’t work, I picked out what I wanted to keep and what did work. After a few glasses of wine and hours I didn’t keep track of, I found myself with about 8000 words worth keeping. Out of 62000.

So I am starting over with Honor. And here’s the thing. Now that I know where I am going and how I am getting there, I refuse to let the book get off the rails again.

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