Cutting Out

09 Nov

Have you ever been writing along on a story and realize that the passage you’re typing out will most likely not be in the final product?

NaNo seems ripe for passages like that, with its emphasis on quantity over quality to find some diamonds in the rough. There are also those passages that you write that seem brilliant, but may not fit in the final story.

There were definitely some parts of my NaNo tonight that would fit in that category. Obviously they’re all staying in the story until I go into the editing phase, but when that time comes, I’m not sure what’s going to happen, haha!

What about you? Do you have a separate document or page for certain passages that don’t make the final cut of a story?


Posted by on November 9, 2016 in Home


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7 responses to “Cutting Out

  1. Hannah Brown // SPW

    November 10, 2016 at 8:42 am

    I don’t have a separate document, but there are definitely parts of the story that I’ve written that I know I will cut out at the end, and I’ll either replace these or just cut them. They’re just there to keep the story going during NaNo and my first draft, because I’d like to get the whole thing finished before Christmas! 🙂

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    • Kris P.

      November 11, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      Definitely makes sense to me! Do you ever feel remorse in completely cutting out passages? Do you save any especially good lines?

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      • Hannah Brown // SPW

        November 13, 2016 at 3:55 pm

        I feel sometimes a little disappointed! I’ve only really ruthlessly edited short stories & I’m half way through editing a novella, so I haven’t cut out whole chapters yet, but I think when I finish & edit my current novel I’ll probably keep the first draft in a separate document and copy it over to another to edit, so I always have the good lines to save!

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  2. tahenryauthoress

    November 10, 2016 at 10:58 am

    I try not to make that call until after the cooling off period.
    I keep everything I write in the document where I wrote it. Then when I’m done I let it sit for 6 weeks maybe. Then read through and start slashing, adding, changing, etc.

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    • Kris P.

      November 11, 2016 at 7:10 pm

      That’s always good advice! Don’t even think about the fate of certain passages until the editing phase.

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  3. Skye Hegyes

    November 13, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Microsoft word has the “strikethrough” type option next to B, I, and U. I’ve been making use of that. It’ll be easy to find when I go back to edit.

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    • Kris P.

      November 14, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      I always forget about strikethrough! That’s a great idea!

      Liked by 1 person


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