And Before I Forget

There was something Terry said while we were discussing writing and, more specifically, editing, that I loved. He was talking about taking out lines that he loved. (We’ve all been there, we’ve written something that we think is beautiful, and probably is, but it doesn’t belong in the piece. And we have to wrestle with our egos to cut it.)

He said that he kept all of those deleted lines. He’d saved them so he could use them in something else.

And you know what? He hasn’t ever used one.

Now, there’s a lesson.

ADDED (10:40, July 16th): A small correction to the above. Terry’s just told me that he no longer keeps those lost lines. Like I said, there’s a lesson.

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