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Yesterday, I tweeted this:
I just deleted 1000 words in one fell swoop. DO YOU KNOW HOW EXCITING THIS IS?? #amrevising #toomanywords #chopchop— Authoress (@AuthoressAnon) September 3, 2015
Backstory: My manuscript is too huge right now, and I've simply got to cut it back. Hence my glee in the above tweet! But someone responded to me that he hoped I'd saved the deleted text. And I hadn't.
(Did you gasp just then?)
Thing is, I am all about saving good stuff! But this wasn't good stuff. It veered too far from the arc, and I knew I would never use it. So I highlighted that chunk of 1000 useless words and POOF! Gone.
The tweeter's thoughtful advice got me thinking, though. Years ago, I think I probably would have saved EVERYTHING. As in, EVERYTHING. Now? I'm more seasoned. And I feel like I can tell the difference between things that MIGHT be useful later, and things that absolutely shouldn't be allowed to exist in the known universe. Yesterday's deletion definitely fell into the latter category.
I'm feeling like this is another hallmark of being comfortable in my writing skin. Of being sure that, for the most part, I know what I'm doing. I still get stuck from time to time, but I am no longer floundering. And there's a huge difference between being stuck and floundering.
It takes courage to tell ourselves, "Hey. I've got this!" Mostly we want to second-guess ourselves. Self-deprecate. Lament over our shortcomings. And, of course, none of that gets us anywhere. When we've worked hard and learned a lot, we need to stay in that place of YES-I-CAN-DO-THIS-THING.
Mind you, I'm not talking about delusions of grandeur. People who think they're great usually...aren't. People who think they know it all often know only half of what they need to.
I don't think I'm great, and I don't think I know it all. But I do think that I KNOW HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL. And it is with that level of confidence I continue to move forward.
And those are my thoughts for the week. Please share yours!