So (yes, I use that word a lot! I know I do! I know!), I've been struggling lately with a project. I knew it needed work. I knew there were words to eliminate, things to tighten, weight to lose. Oh, wait, that was me personally. The jeans just aren't as loose as they should be. But I digress . . .
Something wasn't working with the project in question. The big question was: what?
It took me quite a while - I'm a bit slow at times (ha!) - to figure out the answer to that question.
Today, I figured out the answer. It wasn't an epiphanous (nope, not a word, but I'm using it) moment, lightning striking, bright light bulb going off in the shadows of my mind, a hand slap to the back of the head, or anything jazzy. There was just a sense of AH-HA, but more like ah-ha.
A whisper and not a shout.
I guess I was trying too hard to figure out the problem, so, had it been a snake, it would've bit me in the . . . nether regions. I couldn't see the problem.
I do now.
What does all this mean? Well, a rewrite of sorts, but not a total revamp. There's this character - well, two characters that are almost identical in nature, and what's the point of two of the same characters when just one will do? Now, say all that really, really fast, and you'll understand my thought process as I came to the conclusion that a character's perspective, but not the character, must go. So, as the Queen of Hearts once said in Alice in Wonderland "Off with her (well, his in this case) head"! Okay, not literally, the character is still important and serves a purpose. But . . . the character's perspective isn't necessary. The elimination of, and/or reworking of certain parts of, this perspective will eliminate words (aka lose some weight - ha!) and tighten the narrative.
So (yes, again) have you ever come to this same conclusion in your pieces of brilliance? Have you realized you have two characters that are pretty much the same? Have you (will you) eliminated said character or (as in my case) only the perspective of said character? Did you regret the moment of elimination - character and/or perspective?
You see, there's a sense of regret that the brilliance (at least in my little world) of this character's perspective, the blood, sweat, and tears, the loss of hair I can't afford to lose, the weight (hey, now, I did lose weight while writing the initial draft), will no longer be a part of the story. And yet . . .
. . . the brilliance will still remain a part of the story as I incorporate pieces of each eliminated section into the other sections of each chapter. Geesh, try saying that three times fast.
So, off into revision mode I delve as I eliminate and tighten and (hopefully) lose some weight in the process!