We don’t know about other writers, but when we write novels, we delete as much as we write. Sometimes we delete more.
The problem is, some of these deleted scenes are great. We like them, anyway.
Some of them aren’t so great, either. Back when we first started writing Linesman we deleted a lot of Rossi scenes. Looking at those scenes now, they had to go. They were boring, and didn’t add to the story at all.
But there are other scenes we delete because the story turns in a direction different to that in which it was going. Or you write yourself into a hole, realise something can’t happen. Or you write a scene that happened way too early for the book. Those sorts of things.
We do keep deleted scenes. We have massive OneNote file with pages and pages of deleted scenes in there.
We like some of these scenes. Sometimes we were sorry we couldn’t do anything with them.
Earlier this year we started a newsletter. Newsletters are good for letting readers know what we’re doing without them having to look for that information, but what’s the point in a newsletter if it doesn’t give you something you can’t get elsewhere?
We considered writing short stories about the characters in our books, but neither of us are great short story writers. And having to write four a year. Nope.
If we can write any short stories we might still put them into the newsletter. Meantime, what a perfect place to put up our deleted scenes.
They’re not great, because most of them are little more than a first draft, but they are a look into our writing life. Particularly if we can continue to show the deleted scenes of characters we really like. You never know, they might turn up in a later book in a different guise.