Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Writer News! Special Report!
(Writer’s minds, Everywhere) --Writer’s News! Today is like so many other days. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of darlings are being slaughtered worldwide. Tears sometimes fill the eyes of the creators as they knowingly, and purposely, Kill their Darlings!
Some writers have hopes that they will be reincarnated in a future story. Some hit the delete key and they are gone forever only to return as a ghost whispering to them at a later date when the creator may wish he or she had saved the text.
What a strange bunch of creators writer folks are. They save a cat or pet a dog then they get the main character up a tree and throw rocks at her! Not just once, but usually at least three times! Most folks would throw rocks at the dog, not the most important person in their world.
Why am I writing this? I write this because I am doing another pass at a work in progress and have been trying to get the strength to off one of my biggest darlings in the whole book. Can I do it? I have to. Readers will never have the chance to read the words that I worked so hard on getting just right. My main character is not up a tree; let’s just say he is kind of in a hole. Not a comfy, dry, sandy hole. It’s wet, muddy, and cold. And dark. It’s what happens next I have to deal with. I’ll need more rocks.
So if you get the feeling that somewhere, far, far away, millions of voices are crying out and are suddenly silenced, you know what is happening. Writers are working.