Stop writing fluff!

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I’m just going to take a moment to smile here, because you guys know how I am. Last week (*coughs* let’s just pretend it was only a week ago) I talked about writing fluff, and how important it actually was. And true to form it appears that I will be able to use not only some of that fluff, but just about all of it. Not bad for two weeks of writing nothing but fluff.

But now I’ve made Chapter 5 even longer, and there are parts that don’t work with the new stuff, and it’s a much bigger mess than it used to be. It’s kind of like cleaning out a closet – you have to pull everything out and make a complete mess before you can trash some things and put everything else back together very nicely. But to do that I need to stop throwing things in my closet (that reminds me, I also need to clean my closet…). I need to stop writing fluff.

It’s time to get back to work.

Luckily, taking that time out to write fluff helped me get back into work mode. I’ve freshened up a chapter that I had nearly beaten to death with a new character and a new motivation for the older characters. Kindra’s got a pretty new sword and has tried to kill a man because he kissed her while she was holding it. Gar’s finally decided that he’s not taking no for an answer. Monk’s having fun laughing at them both. And the new guy left the kissing scene with his life intact, but only because the sword was already sheathed. There’s a little more conflict, a little more internal struggle, and a little more growth. And now it’s time to polish it up and make it shine.

I can do that now. In fact, I really want to do that now. What about you, did you write anything just for fun this past week? Did it re-energize your passion for writing? Is it time to get back to work?

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Rebecca Enzor

Rebecca Enzor is a chemist in Charleston, SC who writes Young Adult and New Adult Fantasy and Magical Realism. Repped by Eric Smith of P.S. Literary.

4 thoughts on “Stop writing fluff!”

  1. RIGHT! 🙂

    I’m a huge advocate for writing fluff, but it really is time to get back to work now.

    I will also mention that I was only writing FE fluff – I did write a nice short story last week that is not fluffy in the least!

  2. Hey! Found this through Nathan’s blog. Fluff is awesome. I put tons of random scenes/light stuff in my idea box for working into future stories. Remember light and funny are just as important as tense and serious. Balance is key.

  3. Glad you could come over, Amkuska! I think I have a bit of a problem with too much tense and serious, but I do try to balance it out a little (Monk(ey) helps with that, he doesn’t take anything too seriously). And I love it when I find an opportunity to use all those fluff scenes I’ve written.

    Good luck with your writing 🙂

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