The Cutting Room Floor

2 Jan

Lizzie_Final

Happy New Year kids!

I hope you all played nice and had some lovely days off. Jay and I spent New Years Day walking around Central Park and saw a cardinal and a red-tailed hawk through the binoculars of a lovely nearby ornithologist.  It was a beautiful day.

cardinal

And now, back to business. So today I’m over at Girl Who Reads talking about my least favorite part of writing. Revision.

Ugh. I dislike it most even though a friend of mine says it separates the real writers from the “noodlers.”

True, but it’s still a pain in the butt. My problem is that I can’t always see what needs to go and what needs to stay.

So when Donna at Girl who Reads asked me to come by and talk about my book I figured why not share the things that were left on the cutting room floor as I went through draft after draft to finalize Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb. Things like this:

1. Lizzy’s name was Hamlet. I’m not kidding. I named a 12-year-old girl Hamlet Shakes.
Oh wait…
2. Lizzy wasn’t 12. She was 8. I named an 8-year-old girl Hamlet Shakes. How cruel.
Many many thanks to the lovely Donna. As always, my favorite candy – the Starburst of Thanks!
Starburst
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