So I started looking back over ‘Snowed In’ again. The first chapter which is sitting at 9170 words pre-edit. I’ve been trying to find a natural break. Because lets face it, that is a long ass chapter. I wanted to break it up. Well, a decent number of people read it… One thing stands out. They all hate the flashback. Okay, okay. Fine. You hate it, I get it. Read through it. Okay. I see. I get it.
So, I highlight it all, 1700… 1800 words something like that. And I do the one thing that is hard for a lot of authors. I hit delete. I held my breath. I closed my eyes.
I HIT DELETE.
Because enough people told me they didn’t like that scene. Either it was to long, or it had weird stuff going on. There were to many things wrong with that scene. So I did the rational thing.
I got rid of it.
I edited it out of the chapter.
Because it wasn’t needed. I didn’t need it. It wasn’t necessary.
And you know what. I’m okay. Because I know that I can get what I got through there, somewhere else. And that it will work just the same in either place. And for the naysayers. He was a dick then, now, will be forever. And yes that is a clichè that I do enjoy.