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*The following text is in Stephenie Meyer's POV and was retrieved from her website, "Stephenie Meyer's Official Website".*
Sometimes, in the editing process, sacrifices must be made. Some parts are cut because they slow down the action, others are cut simply to condense length, others are cut to simplify the plot. And, whatever the reason behind the removal, some cuts are more painful than others. This page is dedicated to the cuts that I miss the most.
Remember, these are taken straight from the rough draft. They are embarrassingly unpolished, and there might be things that are a little confusing. (For example, Rosalie wasn't always as antagonistic as she is now—her character evolved and defined itself in the editing process.) Anyway, don't expect too much, and enjoy!
'New Moon' Outtakes...
Come, gentle night; come, loving, black-browed night;
This quote was the original epigraph for New Moon. Why did it change? As I spent more time with the book, I decided I wanted the epigraph to be more representative of danger and potential heartbreak. Though this quote also has some nice foreshadowing, I had to choose—the romance or the warning? I went with the warning.
That's how outtakes are made—choosing one storyline over the other, exploring a direction that doesn't quite end up where you want it to, adding something new that makes another piece obsolete.
Of course, these are all rough pieces and it's really embarrassing to let people see them. I'm enduring the shame for three reasons. Firstly, humility is a virtue. Secondly, people loved the Twilight Outtakes so much, and I'm afraid they'll hurt me if I don't give them more. And finally (this is the real one), so many of you are writers, too. I think outtakes are most interesting from a writer's perspective. I'm hoping these might help some of you who are just getting started to be able to make sense of the editing process, and to be more ruthless self-editors. (Just because you love something doesn't mean it should stay in.)
That said, I don't have as much material to share as I did with Twilight. When I wrote Twilight, I thought I was done. I wasn't planning a sequel. So I wrote all kinds of fluff, just so that I could live in Bella and Edward's world for a few more chapters. With New Moon, I knew where the story was going in the long run, and I wrote everything with a purpose.
So this is what I have to share: a tiny exchange that shows how deleting one element can totally change the mood of a scene, an entire story line that ran from chapter six through chapter twenty before I slashed it out, and an alternate way of developing the plot.
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(NOT OUT YET)