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25 July 2014 @ 03:27 pm
When you're writing a scene and it doesn't advance the plot, and it's not revealing anything new about the character, and it's thematically redundant to an earlier scene that did both of those things, but you just...keep...writing...it...anyway...
Martine: Fringe/Thinking is too hardla_loony on July 25th, 2014 08:37 pm (UTC)
Get it out of your system and kick it out when you go over the completed script again? Well I guess that's what you do, I'm no writer so what do I knowXD
Shannon: fringe astridkungfuwaynewho on July 26th, 2014 04:03 pm (UTC)
Haha, yeah, that's the idea. It's just funny when I know I'm not likely to keep it as-is while I'm in the middle of writing it.
sallycandance on July 26th, 2014 04:53 am (UTC)
Keep writing anyway! If it needs to be written, you'll have to write it. Remember that we writers are merely humble vessels for the unwritten stories.

Maybe you will cut the scene from the book you're working on in the end, and maybe you won't use it as is in another story - but it's worth something, and somehow, someday, you'll need either it or the experience of having written it. Trust me.
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on July 26th, 2014 04:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, I never edit while I'm drafting. And if I do decide to cut something, if it's substantial enough (a full scene/sequence/chapter as opposed to just a line or two), I always save it in a separate document just in case. I just always get a kick out of knowing it's not great and will either need revision or excising while I'm literally still writing it, heh.
sallycandance on July 26th, 2014 04:27 pm (UTC)
^.^ Heh!
vjs2259: snoopy writer 1vjs2259 on July 26th, 2014 03:06 pm (UTC)
I agree with the above. It wants out, let it out. It can go in the can later. It may end up replacing the prior scene or bits of it will be incorporated. Or it will go in the can ;)
Shannon: mst3k torgokungfuwaynewho on July 26th, 2014 04:05 pm (UTC)
Totally. Which is why I do keep writing it anyway. Early on, I had started a chapter and didn't really know where it was going and moved on with it half-finished. Later came back, copied and pasted it into a separate document, then canned it.

And TWO YEARS LATER pulled it out, did a heavy edit, finished it, and stuck it back in. So yeah. :D
Icepixieicepixie on July 28th, 2014 12:55 am (UTC)
I do this all. the. time. A lot of times it's for fanfic, though, where it can be justified by "awwww, but it's cute!"