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Find the Light Within: Copyright Amlokiblogs

The last two weeks have been a journey of introspection as far as my WIP is concerned. I binned 95,000 words of first draft this year, which gave me a good sense of my character and themes. Now, I’ve taken out major chunks of the plot, to give my story room to breathe. I had about 40, 000 words of second draft, of which I’ll possibly end up binning about 30,000.

If someone had asked me two years back how I would feel about such major cuts and changes, I would have said, “upset and lost.”

Today, I feel a little lost, but mostly “relieved and charged up.” I’m raring to go make the changes, and hope to get a lot done in the next two weeks.

How about you? Have you ever set aside all your previous work on a book, and begun again on clean slate?

Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her literary crime thriller series, the Blue Mumbai, is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency. Both The Blue Bar and The Blue Monsoon were published in 2023.

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