One of the most challenging aspects of writing is knowing when to cut parts of scenes or whole scenes from your own work, especially when something is well written. Eventually you learn what’s best for the finished product, not the present ego. A good writer can make a paragraph sing soothing melodies, paint beautiful pictures, build word images to leave indelible impressions on the brain, but if such paragraphs or scenes don’t contribute to the whole, they’re useless baggage and should be dumped. Well, stash them in a file; save them for your own pleasure. You might later on be able to use a kernel idea you save or a line or two of perfect phrasing. Just hug that chunk of document, name it, save and move on. Your writing becomes better because of your courage.

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