Marci Baun Round Robin topic for July 2021: “Deleting scenes: Do you ever delete scenes? When and why do you delete them? And what do you do with them? Do you save them? Or just toss them?”
Sometimes, the scenes I delete are simply that, scenes. Other times I rub out a whole character.
I do not know about other writers, but when I write novels, I delete as much as I write. Sometimes I delete more.
The problem is some of these deleted scenes are great. I like them, anyway.
But there are other scenes I delete because the story turns in a direction different from that in which it was going. Or I have written my character into a hole, realized something cannot happen. Or you write a scene that happened way too early for the book.
Or characters have unfocused conversations. Conversations should have a purpose. Babbling is not allowed.
I do keep deleted scenes.
Some writers have massive OneNote file with pages and pages of deleted scenes. Others keep paper copies. I have a file with subfiles: Romance, YA, Historical, etc. (seems organized, doesn’t it?). It is. However, I save it multiple places: on my desktop, in the Cloud, in my one Drive. My tech guy asked if he would like him to organize it.
Remember my statement about babbling? Well… “We” decided ‘saving it everywhere’ would work for now.
Sometimes you will find that two or more characters fulfill a remarkably similar role in the story, and your reader ends up struggling to tell them apart.
If that is the case: consider consolidating multiple similar characters into one.
It will give you more room to make the resulting single character more memorable and compelling and will help remove some excess fluff as you try to juggle including two or more characters and their backstories.
Sometimes my scenes are really snippets to be placed in my next book, or the start of a new series.
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