by Sharla Rae
An author on deadline will tell you that the old saying â€œTime is Moneyâ€ is just as true with writing as it is with any other business.
Have you ever spent hours crafting a perfect description only to realize it breaks up the action? Did you delete it and then discover a chapter or two later that very description or part of it was needed?
Next time, DO NOT DELETE.
Instead, create a folder for your WIP called X-Files Title (of WIP). Example, X-Files Love and Fortune. Paste well written â€œcutsâ€ to your X-Files. Make them easy to locate. Preface each pasting with its origin, that is, the chapter it was cut from along with a brief description.
Example: Chapter one â€“ description-forest, Chapter two â€“ dialogue â€“ argument between Jane Dither and John the jerk.
Later, if you havenâ€™t used an X-File entry from a particular WIP, paste it to a general Description or Dialogue X-File. Once itâ€™s actually used, delete it from â€œallâ€ X-Files so you donâ€™t accidentally reuse it.
Itâ€™s simple and it works. And when youâ€™re on a deadline, itâ€™s money in the bank.
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