Burning the Trash

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Burning the Trash

By. T. Delaplain 

Every chapter Peter burned brought him closer to clarity. He wasn’t a writer, just a hack.

He cut through the painful details of his deficiencies leaving only shreds of regret and a pile of literary trash. The premise had been brilliant, the main characters tragically flawed but likable. 

Regrettably, the meandering storyline couldn’t climb out of the plot holes with a ladder. He ripped out another page and tossed it into the welcoming flames; so satisfied to watch his first draft combust. 

Unable to stop the insistent chatter from his characters, he reluctantly agreed that resurrection from the ashes might indeed be possible. 

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  1. Well captured. We’ve all been there. I’ve written some things I’m embarrassed to read, but I’ve never destroyed them. Sometimes, it’s fun to go back and see the vast improvement a few drafts can make.

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  2. Dear Tracey,

    I wouldn’t show anyone my first draft of Please Say Kaddish for Me at gunpoint. Hopefully his next draft will rise from the ashes and be a major success. Fun piece.



    PS. You might want to revisit the second sentence and replace “We” with “He.”

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  3. “Unable to stop the insistent chatter from his characters”–boy, does that ever nail it. Many times, as I’ve struggled to write, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m a better editor than I am a writer. Still, my characters demand that their voices be heard.

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  4. Ooh this one cuts close to the bone. It’s painful to realize one has done disservice to their creations. Hoping she decides to resurrect them and gives them a worthy world to inhabit.


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