People talk about the cutting room floor in relation to movies. But do you ever stop to think that there is a cutting room floor for books. Not all the draft content for a novel makes into the final manuscript. There are many reasons. For example, an editor decides that a particular piece doesn’t move the story forward. Sometimes, political correctness comes into play as in an editor saying “you can’t put that in there, it will turn readers off.” Sometimes, a draft just gets rewritten and the initial content is forgotten. Then there are bloopers. Yep, they happen in the written word as well as the movies.
I’m thinking of adding a “Cutting Room Floor” to the website tomcollinsauthor.com. Here is an example a content falling victim to political correctness. In an initial draft of Chapter 22 of The Claret Murders, Rollins relates his experience driving into D.C. and uses the opportunity to explain the amnesty role the District planned in the Civil War period. A roll that continues to shape the behavior and demographic of the area today:
Let me know if you would like to see more from the cutting room floor. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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