Elmore Leonard said something like ‘Write only the fun bits. Cut everything else out.’ Truer words were never spoke. I’m sitting here writing a fantasy epic, the kind of novel that can easily bloat into a doorstop, and I’ve managed to write about 40,000 words this month without much effort. It’s not my best work ever, but it has its moments. I’m following a plot, A to B to C to F, and thus far it’s been pretty good. But I find as I’m writing that my thoughts stray ahead to the next fun moment I’m anticipating writing.
‘As soon as they reach the city and have the audience with the King they can get to that fun part where they attack the clown school with wild pigs,’ I find myself thinking, and yet tend to grimly narrate their arriving, their audience with the king, etc, all the while dreaming of the wild pigs and shrieking clowns.
PRO TIP PEOPLE, SKIP THE CRAP AND GET TO THE WILD PIGS AND THE CLOWNS.
Because honestly, if you’re yawning and hurrying through the arrival and audience scenes, then so will your readers. Nothing is ‘necessary’. There is only boring and fun. Interesting and dull. So do what Elmore Leonard said:
Write only the fun bits. Cut everything else out.