Making the cut
I hate it. I hate it but it's the right thing to do. I hate how the things I see in my brain are not the things I'm conveying on the page. I hate that I can't impose my particular point of view on all my readers. Yet, it wouldn't be a good work of fiction if I had to go around and explain to every single reader exactly what they had to see. That's the point of reading fiction: it's a story guided by your imagination, not mine.
So... two chapters at the very beginning of The Paladin are about to be compressed into one scene. I thought it over for quite some time and realized that, while I thought it was great and showed off Jonathan's personality, the important parts can be summed up quite succinctly without all the hijinks that ensure in those chapters.
Writing is fun. I absolutely love it and I hope I can parlay this novel into a full time career. But sometimes, it's not so fun to have to cut away things you love. Still, it's the only way I know I'll grow as a writer. And, I suppose, if I cut away some of these parts, it'll open up room to write newer stuff. And you know what? Writing newer stuff is fun, too.
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