Brandon Sanderson has written several of my favorite books, Alloy of Law, Steelheart, Firefight, and I am currently reading Mistborn. He has being doing a podcast called Writing Excuses, for awhile. I just found it and I am working my way through Season 1. The episodes are about 15-17 minutes long and he talks to two other writers. I think they change based on scrolling thru the later seasons.
After listening to the first two episodes I am in process of developing a new story. Episode 3 was like a punch to the gut, Kill Your Darlings, was about more than just editing. They advised if you have a story that you have poured years of effort into and not finished it. Kill it.
I almost cut the podcast off then and there. After catching my breath and calming my racing heart, I was like no let’s see why they are saying that, after all they have a whole lot more experience than I do. The reason they suggest killing a long term project is distance, well the lack of distance. There is very little chance that you will be able to coldly and mercilessly edit the manuscript. They said you are too emotionally attached to it. They did say instead of throwing it completly out, to set it aside until you have become a better writer and can edit it properly. That makes me feel a little better. At least enough to listen to episode 4. I’ll keep you updated as I listen along.
If you are doing Camp NaNo this summer, I applaude you. And I encourage everybody to keep writing, keep painting, drawing, knitting, sewing etc. Keep being creative and keep moving forward. Cheers, james