Deletion Tool

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Interesting entry from Jane Yolen's Blog/Journal:

I believe that chapters have a character to them. The last two were adventure story-lets. They were about plot and movement and fighting. But this chapter hasn?t revealed itself yet so I may get no further than those two paragraphs for some while. This may turn out to be what I call a "travel chapter" in which we may learn more about hero or villain, but really I am just moving them all from one place to another. Sometimes one writes a travel chapter and then, once it is revealed to the author where everything is going, the chapter is deleted except for a paragraph or two.

The best writers know that deletion is an important tool in the Author Kit. Do not mourn words or chapters that must go. Let them go. Wave. Smile. Move on.

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