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Can you kill a book?

by Amber Keyser
Published on: September 12, 2013
Categories: Challenges
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Tom Riddle’s Diary

 

Currently, I’m deep into revisions for a contemporary, realistic novel, and I’m also deep in anxiety that I am going to kill this book.

Large scale revisions which require me to adjust characterization or radically reconstruct my plot, make me feel like a puppet-master.

“Ah, my pretty!  You thought you liked boys?  Surprise!  I’ve decided you’re going to be hot and bothered for the girl next door.”

“What? Your showdown with the ax murderer happened at night in a convenience store?  Not any more.  Try the art museum in front of a tour group of little old ladies!”

Boggart Goes Poof

I’m confident that both my characters and my plot can withstand this sort of earth-shaking revision a few times, but can you go too far?  What if I force my character to try on so many things (Shy or more assertive?  Close to mom or distant?  Soccer or ballet?) that she implodes like the boggart in Lupin’s Defense Against the Dark Arts class?

What if I revise the life out of my story?

I don’t know the answer.

What do you think?

Have you ever killed a book?

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