Not everything we write is good. Cleaning my office recently, I found manuscripts in various states of completion.
No matter how much I want these projects to make it to the end zone, these WIPs are not worthy. I should chuck them into the trashcan, yet I am unable.
Why do we hold on to these? Why does it feel we are giving a part of ourselves into the trash can?
It all started for me when I began writing. Each word was hard-earned. Removing sentences, paragraphs, and more was something I fought my critique group repeatedly.
One night, the group told me I needed to get rid of two complete chapters.
I looked at my friend Lisa. I remembered something she said. If she disagreed with them, she would nod and let it pass.
Taking a page out of her book, I nodded, knowing that there was no way I was getting rid of two whole chapters. My publisher agreed with me.
It takes quite a bit of time and effort to complete a manuscript. It does not always flow. We will go through many revisions before presenting it to a critique group. Issues we will fight against or for as what should stay or go.
To come across a WIP that I know isn’t going anywhere is not always easy to accept. To get rid of a manuscript, regardless of how long or short, is hard for me.
But I know there are at least two I will shred. I have no desire to work on these manuscripts, little time to do so, and frankly, they are crap.