Wednesday, February 27, 2008

That One Little Phrase...

So there it was. The perfect phrase. Astonishingly simple, yet brilliant in scope (ok, I'm probably pushing it a bit...)

And oh, how I wanted to use it.

I did, at first. But then the more I played with the paragraphs and tried to make everything fit that one phrase, the more that one phrase needed to be deleted. Oh, I tried to make it work. I moved sentences around, played Pinball for awhile on my laptop, went back to the page and wrote a few more words...but in the end, I was stuck. And - it was because I was attempting to fit a square peg into a round hole.

I bit the bullet, highlighted the offending phrase, and hit the Ctrl X button. Then I promptly pasted it to the end of the page because as we all know, deleting a good phrase is simply not done. I have a hard time deleting anything I write anyway, because you just never know when you might need it.

The laptop calls...

Have a great Wednesday!


  1. LOL, I put things like that in a file called Out Takes. You know, that way it doesn't hurt as much as deleting them...

  2. Yeah - I save phrases and words all the time in a separate file, so I can use them elsewhere. Doesn't often happen, but somehow it makes taking them out of the story much easier :)

    Re: knitting. There's a great book, Teach Yourself Knitting Visually, ISBN: 0764596403

  3. I so feel your frustration. I've been there.

  4. I have lots of perfect phrases that I have cut and pasted into a master document of things I can not use in my books but I love!

  5. I think that's part of my problem- I mostly write great phrases, but can't build a story around them. :-D

  6. Kacey - Out takes! What a great title

    Tess - Thanks for the heads up on the book. My concern is that I won't have the patience to learn (or the time!).

    Travis - It is frustrating, isn't it? Only another writer can understand.

    Ell - I'm glad I'm not alone in keeping a master file. ;-)

    Wordvixen - If you can write great phrases, you can definitely build a story around them! Have faith!

  7. I can't delete anything intentionally. ;) Ctr-X is my friend.

  8. I save them in a file called "scraps" -- although since my Dickens Challenge stuff is still in first draft form there are a bunch of them still waiting for the scrap heap :)

  9. Anissa - Strangely enough, I used to do the cut and paste the old fashioned way - by going up to the toolbar and selecting cut then paste. It wasn't until my last job that I learned the beauty of shortcuts!

    Lisa - Scraps! Another good name for the folder!


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