I am a merciless writer, from whom all bad story elements will find no refuge!
Okay, so almost a hundred thousand words into writing the rough draft of my latest fantasy novel, I decided that I absolutely despised my main character’s deceased wife. I hated her name, I hated the effect that she had on my main character, I hated the way she seemed to sneak in and undermine almost everything that I was trying to accomplish. She added way to much drama for my taste, and made everything far more serious than it really needed to be, and she wasn’t even alive. She had gone from being more than just background story for my main character. She had become anathema incarnate, destroying budding relationships, sabotaging gainful character development, and being a general pain in my derriere.
The twitch had to go.
So, I backtracked one hundred thousand words into the past, started over at page one and began the long and arduous journey of eradicating this hated person from my story. It’s going to be a lot of work. She had wormed herself so far into my story that her presence tainted almost every chapter. Did I mention that she wasn’t even a living character?
So far, I’ve completely re-written the first two chapters, and what I’ve found is that in re-writing, my story has become much more solid, believable, and (I.M.O.) likeable. The underlying pall of an inescapable past has been extinguished by the flames of my vengeful wrath! This, my friends, is the true joy of re-writing: striking down the inane and abhorrent bad elements with the shining light of the delete key. May fascinating and magnificent plot twists take their place!
I think I can get back to liking my own story again.