First, let me address the elephant in the room. As you can see, I’ve begun to revamp the site here. It’s a need that was recently driven home to me when a Facebook friend and fellow writer posted a link to his own site and I visited it. I was immediately struck by how professional and lively his website was, and when I went from his to my own, the comparison was pretty drastic. So yeah, I need to do some work here.
As you can see, I’ve already changed the background, and I’ll probably start experimenting with my old personal site to see what kind of changes I want to make before doing anything too drastic. But rest assured, more changes are probably coming in the near future. (BTW, please comment on anything that you like and/or dislike here. I’m just spit-balling at the moment.)
Moving on to another elephant here… it’s been three weeks since my last post. Too long for a supposedly weekly blog. This time I have a good excuse, though. I’m working a contract job again, so my weekdays are pretty much spoken for. In addition to that, we had family come and visit last week. All that combines to make for some busy times… so no blog entries, no Sunday’s Share, and very little social media presence at all.
And of course, it also means that the writing is slower than usual. Worse yet, the WIP (which was up over 96k words a few days ago), suffered from drastic weight loss surgery and lost a bit over 5000 words. It hurt to chop all that, but the parts I cut were a necessary loss. There’s an old adage that writers use, attributed to Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. When asked to give practical advice to fellow writers, he gave the following:
“Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it—wholeheartedly—and delete it before sending your manuscript to press. Murder your darlings.”
Today, “Murder your darlings” is a common catch phrase with writers. It means that we must be prepared to cut out the words that we hold most dear. If those words don’t move the story forward, then it doesn’t matter how much you might love what you’ve written. They have to go. A writer has to remember that no matter how pretty the prose might be, it’s secondary to the actual story.
So the WIP lost a character, and all references to him. He was part of a twisty little sub-plot that really didn’t contribute to the tale. And after cutting him out, I have to admit that the draft is much tighter.
And that’s pretty much it. Time to get back to it. So stay safe, and I’ll talk to you later.