We talked about Coughing up Wordballs yesterday so I thought we'd keep with the cat theme. Scooping the Gloop. This happens during rewrites (for me). The hardest thing for me to do is to write straight through. If I allow myself to Scoop as much as I want to, I can spend an entire week on a page. Not a chapter. A page. I can edit and edit and edit some more. Lately, I've been better at writing through. The March Mini NaNo that I participated in really helped with that. When you write straight through, though, even with an outline, you still have to scoop some of that gloop.
What is gloop, you ask. Gloop varies in everyone's writing. I define gloop as all that unnecessary stuff that ends up in that first draft. The the overly flowery description, the same words used over and over again, the overkill. For example, in this last rewrite I used no less than 2 "tiny"s, 2 "little"s and 3 "small"s on the SAME page. Yep. I admit it. In my rush to describe the scene, not only did I get overly flowery, I was dropping adjectives like they were pez. Flipping them out on the page. One of the writers in my critique group caught it and underlined each one. I owe her big. GLOOP. I scooped all but one. It's all about cleaning it up.
Fortunately, manuscripts are not litterboxes. We can allow them to sit so that the gloop really gloops together. It makes it easier to spot and easier to scoop. It's so nice to go back through and get rid of that extra...words, sentences, chapters. If only I felt such joy when it comes to the litterbox. Luckily, I have the Hubster for that. When it comes to my MS, though, it's all up to M-E. Tiny, little, small me.
When do you Scoop the Gloop? Do you edit as you go along? Or tackle it all in the rewrites? What's your idea of Gloop?
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