As the editing of my new novel is progressing, I found myself erasing a lot of pages totally. The hardest thing to do is letting go of a smart joke or a great scene, as I thought it was when first writing it.
I was distraught about having to erase 2 pages earlier because as I discovered it was a total useless scene about the supporting character that didn’t push the story forward. I found myself having erased nearly 20 pages over that last couple of days, either by changing the lines of dialogue, shortening the scene, and or deleting even an entire dramatic scene. And, my novel is just getting shorter and shorter.
Letting go of these scenes were difficult to do, but they do not advance the story so they were rather useless, therefore, had to be erased.
I need to listen to a soothing song, I think. All this editing is making me anxious.