Hi folks, I'm continuing my series on writer myths and that is coming up, but first, I've got to mention some egg action. You may remember that once upon a time I chatted about eggs. It's been a while since I've had an opportunity to mention this fun part of my blog. This week we are near the hatching phase of "egg-dom." So, news is to come!
Now, back to myths. Last week, I chatted about the myth of bad reviews. This week I'm moving on to the myth of "kill your darlings." Okay, it is true that you must often kill your darlings. I mean, most of us remember some relationship that just wasn't moving us forward, and it had to go. Sometimes, we write bland, flat drivel that needs to find the nearest circular file, and that's fine.
But there are times when you need to put down the murder weapon. I mean, killing some of those darlings is a crime or at least a crying shame.
Here is my story. Once upon a time I was collaborating with another author on a project. I would write an awesome line, and the other author would love it too. Then a few days later, I'd get into slasher mode and ditch my awesome line. Delete.
My collaborator was unhappy with the slashing of "awesome" lines.
I answered, "I can always do better." But certain things slowly became clear. I can't aways do better.
My collaborator was like, "I think you are killing our story, and please stop it."
I learned something I love about writing in that moment. Every story is about a kind of collaboration. You and the reader are sitting by a fire. You are the spell maker; they are the mesmerized. If you have created magic the first time, just let it be.
Sometimes you will get it right without trying. Don't second guess yourself. Never leave genius on the cutting room floor.
See you next week with more about writer myths, and perhaps a reason to throw a party!
And now for a mythical doodle. This one is called "Pixie."
Finally here is a quote.
I wake up to the sound of music
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.