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Goin' crazy with the delete key

I copied the unfinished draft of my first Nanowrimo attempt (from Nano2000) to my Palm, and today started going at it with the delete key. My recent instinct was right... it's definitely a short story and not a novel. I'm deleting so much crap. And I do mean crap.

Is it always this painful looking back at past writing? At least this was a seat-of-my-pants romp back to creativity, rather than an effortful attempt at a novel. Although I suspect that my second attempt was stupdendously sucky despite being planned.

I'm finding that even parts of Nano2000 that don't totally suck (and those are few) don't fit so well with my current idea for the story. I might just end up using parts of the opening scene and a few other little bits. Maybe I should redo this as a salvage operation, copying usable bits into the new story file, instead of attempting to delete the heck out of the old draft.

I'll have to do that tonight on my desktop, as I can't salvage on my Palm. Then during tomorrow's lunch I can get busy typing new bits of "Mystery Paradox". I also have to change the name, 'cause this title is way too blah.

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takaal
Oct. 11th, 2005 06:05 pm (UTC)
Is it always this painful looking back at past writing?

Usually. Every so often, though, you get to look back and have a "Damn, I'm good!" moment. (I'm running about 10:1 now; which is a lot better than the 20:1 of two years ago. I blame LJ and all the exercises and communites therein for my improvement.)
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