Had to cut a scene you really love but know doesn't belong?

Don't delete it! Recycle it!

I don't think that's too bad for someone who hasn't taken geography since 2000

If the scene has potential to enter another story, hold onto it.  Even if you only keep the slightest hint of the original idea, holding onto the inspiring scene could prove useful.

I've recycled a few locations.  I loved the mental pictures I had, but when the story changed, the locations no longer worked in their original format.  A few tweaks and they slipped nicely into my current manuscript, even though their function is completely different.


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