It's amazing to me how I can stare at a scene, know it isn't working, wonder how to fix it, then decide to go take a shower since I'm stumped. And usually some sort of answer presents itself while I'm standing under the hot water. 🙂
I've been working on the rewrites to Seducing Evangeline, taking the revision suggestions I received from the Harl. editor and incorporating them into the story. Wow, I really like it too, especially now that I'm back to the point in the story where I was when I put the whole thing aside for the thesis.
Making changes is both fun and hard. It's fun when the lightbulb goes off and you get it. It's hard to decide what to axe and what to keep. It's also frustrating when you first get the revisions and don't quite know what to do with them. That's the point where you think you suck, your story sucks, your ideas suck, and you'll always suck and never sell this book or any other book, ever. I hate that part, but I love it when the aha moment happens and I get past that.
So, I went to the shower with this dilemma in my head: where to put this scene (already written, but feeling like it was in the wrong place) that explained something about one of the bad guys, a guy who unfortunately has to die very soon. As I stood there, it came to me. The scene is unnecessary. It's a bummer to have to cut all that work, but I was so relieved to realize the answer that I didn't care. I'm not so dumb as to cut forever, though. I have a “Discarded Scenes” file for every book, so I paste it into there. I never reuse them, but I like knowing they're there if I need to.
My DS file is over 200 pages (for one book — yes, I've cut quite a lot, including most of one previous version of the same story). The WIP file is right around 95 pages so far. 🙂 Ah well, that's the way it works.
What about you? Where do you get your WIP lightbulb moments? Shower? Walking? Gym? Grocery store? Do you have a DS file? Is it as big as mine? 🙂