I just made a huge cut in my manuscript. I wasn’t looking forward to it. I thought it would set me back by a mile, and there wasn’t really anything wrong with the stuff I cut. It just didn’t fit the plot anymore. But now that I’ve done it, I feel relieved. A big stumbling block in the narrative is gone, and I feel like I have room to get on with it. I used to save this kind of cut in case it would be of use later, but I don’t do that anymore. The information in it is rarely ever pertinent again. And I realize now that the idea of cutting this huge bit was holding me back. Now that it’s out of the way, it’s full steam ahead.