We’re hard at work on rewrites to the Goblin’s Taint, the sixth Faire Folk book, and we’ve had to make a couple of major changes in order to keep the story flowing. This is the moment when we look sadly at the computer before hitting “delete” on pages of text that made us laugh or sent our characters in some direction or another that didn’t suit the plot. And because we’re professionals, we don’t hesitate to slash and burn through the manuscript in order to get a better story. That does not mean we don’t get heartburn over cutting off pages that took time and thought to create, so we keep some of them.
I keep a folder with “out takes” from the books, and for a while we thought we’d publish them here, in our friendly little blog, but they don’t make a lot of sense outside of the context of the book. Still, they might be useful as the nuggets that form a new story, and since it’s unlikely that the folder will get dusty on my computer’s desktop, the bits of Keelie’s world that will never be published are stored away until we need them.
Do you save some of your edited bits?