how to go from page 6 to page 122 in 3 days . . .
throw out the hundred pages in the middle.
at least, that’s how i did it, as i’ve been typing up Running on Empty. i had forgotten just how much of a doorstop i’d started writing at the beginning of the book.
i think it’s all very cool stuff still, but i’m trying to Deppo my work sooner rather than later, and i spent the morning being ruthless about what was actually adding to the story.
sadly, that meant that i pulled out 102 pages.
on the other hand, it means i am free of that baggage.
i can always add pieces back in if necessary, but right now, this is the right thing for the story.
wasn’t easy, mind you, but i’m getting better at it.*
* says the guy who wrote 102 apparently unnecesary pages before he smartened up.