This month, I'm doing Sara Biren's Writer Recharge, a month-long event where participating writers set a goal and report on their progress each Monday. My goal is to write/revise 10-15 chapters this month.
Last week, I completed two additional chapters, bringing my total of written chapters up to four.
I also deleted an estimated 5,000 words. While spring cleaning my WIP can be such sweet sorrow (e.g. "But I patted myself on the back for days after I wrote this scene that demonstrates my writerly prowess!"), holding onto writing that no longer serves the big picture will only weaken my story.
Holding onto Writing That Needs to Go is like clinging to a relationship with something or someone that is not helping you grow, but in fact, doing quite the opposite. While there might be something familiar and "easy" about staying in such a relationship or keeping around Writing That Needs to Go, you're headed for a brick wall.
For those of you who find it hard to delete pages and pages of writing you labored over, here's a tip. For me, it's much easier to select my text, hit delete, and not look back if I have back up copies of my previous drafts sitting in a file somewhere. And even though I do have these the previous drafts for future reference, I actually don't refer to them very often. But it's nice to know that they're there, in case I do need them.
Note: Next week, I might post my #WriterRecharge Monday update on Twitter instead. On Twitter, I'm @CynthiaSociety.
Is spring cleaning your WIP a challenge for you?
Have you ever held onto something or someone, and realized it was better for you to just let this thing or person go?