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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

A Day of Mourning...

You might be thinking of Barbaro the horse. Sad as that is, I'm not mourning about that.

See last night, I completed a gigantic set of edits for Isle of Swords. I had to cut a lot. Like 40 pages a lot. That hurts. Goodbye 1/6 of the book. I understand why we're cutting. In some cases I totally agree that it's necessary. But no mater what. It hurts.

Every person feels a sting when something they've done is criticized. Creative types feel it worse, IMHO. Maybe it's because we are CREATIVE people, and that is how we define ourselves. We get our self image completely entangled with the products we create. When someone wants to change it, BANG, hit to our self image. When someone wants to cut it, OUCH, it's a part of ourselves being sheered away.

For the Christian writer, maybe this is one of His many tools to help us to intertwine ourself image in the correct place--with Him. How does God see us? What do you think God thinks of you? If we take Him at His word, he sees us as His children, loved, worth dying for. Y'know, somehow, in light of Him, the cuts don't hurt so much anymore.


everlastingscribe said...

Can't even imagine the ache. Buuut on the bright side maybe they will be included in the MM edition? :-D Along with bloopers page.

And hey, I am looking with eager expectation to see the stronger leaner version on the shelf, soon.

Astral Pen said...

I hope they at least allow you to include those cuts in a paperback addition like The Door Within books. I mean, one sixth of the book gone. Ouch!

- Jason

WayneThomasBatson said...

Scribe, believe me, there would be plenty of bloopers!

Galactic: It's kind of like, "Oww, that's not going to grow back."

The good news is, it heals quick, and ultimately the finished product will be stronger.

everlastingscribe said...

I appreciate the sacrifice of time, and of self, and of your vision of the story, Wayne. And my thanks are only the echo of His. Though I'm beginning to think it might not be a good idea for you to have long sharp metal pointy things right now, especially if you are asked to do more ah. . cutting.

WayneThomasBatson said...


Bartholomew Thorne, the scourge of the Spanish Main, bludgeoned his way through the melee on the main deck. He found his quary all too soon. "Declan Ross, you have my treasure!" he said, his voice low and grating.

Ross fixed his enemy with keen eye and responded, "Not on your life, you filthy--uh, SHOOT, I forgot my line!"


Josh said...

1/6 of the book ~_~ i cant imagine but now i am sure the book is better than ever. I would also like to ask if you would be interested in look at a piece of fan art i drew for The Door Within.

WayneThomasBatson said...

Josh, I would LOVE to see your artwork. If you can send it to me in a jpg file, I'll put it up on the blog somewhere. Hmmmm...maybe I need an art section.

Here's my book-related email:

Josh said...

k thanks i will send it to you ^_^