Friday, January 4, 2013
The Most Important Thing: Destroying your Work
"Put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it." - Colette
We know the expression, "killing your darlings" but do you agree with Colette that an author can, without pity, destroy most of one's own stuff?
I wipe out a lot of my writing on a regular basis, but I never feel like it's truly destroyed since it merely lies dormant in an electronic file. Yet there's something cathartic about assigning entire sentences, paragraphs, chapters, or novels, to the figurative flame. I know many of you have trashed entire novels and started again. I have. And I've never regretted it.
This month I'm diving back into revision and I will be on a path of destruction. Who's with me?