One of my beta readers asked me what purpose one of the chapters had in the story I've been rewriting. I spent a lot of time justifying why those 3000 words were integral to the story and had to be there:
So I conducted an experiment:
I couldn't tell that the original chapter had ever existed. There was no gap in the plot, the story-line moved smoothly forward.
All that work. All that fun imagining the entire valley and the fire and the dead man and how he died and how he was discovered.
None of it was needed.
So it's gone.
I'm hoping I write another story sometime that needs a scene just like that one, so all that beautiful description can find a home.
E E Montgomery
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