11 May 2009

Embracing Loss

My excitement about (finally) finishing up "one last" editorial run through on ANJIDIA is back. I actually think having Vituya stop by here helped with that.

Anyway, the return of this excitement led to a very interesting and productive conversation with my beloved roommate and beta reader. I think I may cut one of my tertiary characters from the novel entirely. It will be the most major revision I've made since the second draft. I like the character, but she suggested (and I agree) that divvying up the role this character plays between a couple of my secondary characters will strengthen them without adding unnecessary words. It's brilliant, really.

Alas, farewell, my dear Bassak. You were a good character, and friend. I'm afraid your time has come.

RIP

6 comments:

beth said...

It's that kind of editing that is really tough to do--but often times the best possible thing to do. Brava on taking the leap!

Samantha Elliott said...

Thanks! The good news is that it makes so much sense that I'm not too sad or hesitant about it. :)

Tess said...

Isn't it fun when you get a flash of insight like that? Kudos to you for having the courage to make the change :)

Danyelle said...

Good luck with your rewrite!

Trisha Pearson said...

Yes, kudos for having the courage to make a major change like that and good luck on your revision.

E. Van Lowe said...

I agree it takes courage to make what we call BLOOD CUTS. But your gut is telling you it's right, so I'm sure it's for the better. That's one of the things I love about being a writer. The new discoveries we make that give us a much needed burst of energy. Fly, my Pretty.