Okay, so you want to be edited? All right, but don't say I didn't warn you... Because it's not pretty all the time.
Last week, I gave you some tips to avoid indulgences, find your voice, and to flesh out those relationships.
This week, I'm going to give you the ugly. You know, the parts where you cringe because you got caught trying to put a band-aid on a flesh wound that clearly needs stitches. And you left it so now it's all infected and there might be gangrene in there.
Don't even pretend like you don't know what I'm talking about.
Here's the best tip I have for you today: DELETE.
When your editor (or your CP, or whoever is now editing your stuff--sometimes just you!), points out something that is not working, delete it.
Don't try to make it work. Don't slap on another band-aid. Don't get caught up in your clever or your word count or the fact that you have to have that particular scene.
You can write another scene to fill the hole. One that actually works.
Then you have to go into the MS and push out all the antibiotics to kill all the infestation that that one little scene created.
I know you've heard of this. The domino affect. Change something on page 52, everything after that has to be brought into consistency.
True fact. And one of the horrors of deleting and rewriting.
But trust me. Those of us who edit, delete. We delete a lot. We rewrite what doesn't work into something that does.
And, for me personally, I find that working with blank pages is the best way to remove the offending parts. Otherwise, I might not get it all. Because your goal as an author is to become the best storyteller you can, using only the best words to do that.
If you're afraid of deleting your words, you're just a writer. You want to become a master storyteller that readers feel comfortable spending hours with, because they know you can weave a story around them using only words.
In order to do/become that, you have to be willing to delete. Is it painful? Sure. That's what copy + paste are for.
Have you overcome your fear of the delete key? You should really get on that.