Sunday, February 23, 2014

Killing Your Little Darlings

February 23, 2014
  On Friday Dan Harshberger and I turned in Signature 8 of "The 66 Kid." Four more to go. Next up, "Hey! Battah! Battah!" about being an Oddfellow Yankee in Kingman's Court.

Command Central, at 6 a.m. this morning as I try to cram in all the stuff I want to feature in the last 64 pages.

   This is so ironic: I spent the first 100 plus pages worried sick about having enough material to pad out 192 pages and now here I am fretting about all the stuff I have to cut, or trim way down. Gee, I wonder what a famous documentarian would say about this:

"Once you have a rough draft, be tough and cynical and even cruel about your work, and kill off whatever is weak. Pressure-test every seam."
—Marshall Curry, in Tell Me Something, a book I draw inspiration from every morning