Cuts Like A Knife

Editing your novel means that sometimes you have to add a bit to make the scene more comprehensive. You struggle with grammar and format. But then the worst thing happens.

That scene. That beautiful perfect scene. It is well written. It evokes emotion. The visuals are near perfect.

You have to cut it.

Now I’ve cut scenes in Shadow Watch. The first half of chapter one was removed and the rest was rewritten. Cutting this scene hurt. My critique group liked the scene. It was powerful. It showed the death from the victim’s point of view.

So why did I cut it? Because it didn’t fit in the story. It was the only victim POV in the story. Nor was there a way to insert a victim POV for the others. So it had to go.

This hurts. And I don’t think it will be the last.

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Madalain Ackley is the author of the Paranormal Shadows series of novels including Watching Shadows. She lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, son and mildly psychotic cat. She has written in a number of genres including Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy and has been known to dabble in Fan-fiction.

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