Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Parting is such sweet sorrow

I'm intrigued by the idea of deleted scenes. You know, those special features you find lurking on DVDs after the movie ends; those items that feed your need for more with a good movie and make you cringe at the thought with a bad one.

I recently read Michael Snyder's debut novel, "My Name is Russell Fink," and I was excited when I read at the end of the book that there were deleted scenes. That's cool.

I have about a million scenes in my novel that have already ended up on the chopping block. Some of them funny, some of them serious, some of them cut because they delved a little too far into the realm of steamy romance. (Heather may endure some really bad karma, but she certainly finds luck when it comes to hot guys. But of course, the hero of my novel isn't going to be some ugly duckling.)

I would love to hear from other writers about scenes that they were required to cut from their manuscript/story before it went into print.

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