Skeletons, not babies.

The writing world occasionally refers to writers seeing some of their current work as their baby, and that the babies must be killed. This whole ‘my work is my baby’ attitude has never stuck with me. I don’t have babies, I have skeletons.

My drafts start as bones, a handful of in-the-flow major scenes, some specific ideas regarding structure and that’s it. Then it’s all about layering. Adding muscle to the draft, shaping it and sending it to the tanning salon.

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4 Responses to Skeletons, not babies.

  1. vegawriters says:

    I don’t often think of the story as my baby, but I will acknowledge the whole “it’s like giving birth” process. (As far as I can, child free as I am.) But, my characters are not my babies. They are my friends and my antagonists and my sanity and my insanity. I’m closer to them than I am to anyone else in my life.

  2. riotgrrrlrevolution says:

    I like the analogy. Just one thing I’d suggest changing: don’t send it to the tanning salon, the beach is much more fun! (and the tan is real!)

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