there's a something in this room no one wants to talk about.
we know that.
somewhere, something died. and it took a lot of loved one's with it.
a service was held. people are mourning.
it's the death of a manuscript.
this is what it might look like
it takes awhile to figure out when this death might occur and who will carry it out.
is it the author deciding he/she can't make it work no matter how much they edit/revise/rewrite?
is it the critique partner encouraging the author to move on (and keep moving. away from the manuscript)?
is it the industry telling the author ohmygoddontsubmitavampirenovelevenifyouthinkitwillbegreatjustdon't right after you finished yours?
what's the silver lining here? you get to start over. the bad plot line? gone. that character no one liked? dead. the awkward, stilted dialogue you tried to rewrite twenty times and never quite nailed? silenced forever.
so, if this has happened to you, go ahead. kill one to save the other. we give you permission. and a shoulder (er, four shoulders) to cry on - just let us know. then, start a new one. and look like this:
yep, that's better
How about you? Have you ever killed your manuscript? Or felt like it?