My hubby and I spent the majority of our day cleaning in our basement yesterday. We're having some work done down there and needed to get things organized and sorted. As we sifted through the things we've accumulated over the years, we made several piles: trash, recycling, and give away. We accomplished a lot and in the end wound up with three giant bags of trash and an overflowing garbage can, an overflowing recycling bin, and a huge pile for charity.
Looking at the piles lead me to the inevitable writing comparison. Editing is a lot like cleaning the basement.
There's the trash: These are things I get rid of completely from my manuscript. They may be grammatic or spelling errors, plot points that don't make sense, or simply eliminating adverbs or "extra" words to make the writing cleaner.
Then there's the recycling: These are things that don't work where they're at in the story, but can be moved to another place or tweaked a bit to use later.
Finally, there's the give aways: These are things that don't work for this particular story, buy may work in another. Too good for the trash pile, but not quite the right fit for the current plot.
So whatever you may be doing today...cleaning the basement or editing...I wish you a happy and productive day.
Until next time,