Editing your rough draft is a bit like dating.
Actually, it’s more like breaking up with somebody. There are times when you walk away and never look back, and you’re happy you’ve moved on. But there are other times when you realize you miss them and maybe you made a mistake, and so you decide to take them back.
You need a place where you can “dump” your text—a holding zone where all those words can live until you’re certain you really want them gone.
As a writer and editor, one of the important things I’ve learned to do is keep a file labeled “extra” for every large project I work on. This thing has saved my neck countless times. It allows me to start over, play with the text—and if I want, I can get back together with the words I’ve just cut out of my life. The text is always understanding and willing to give us a second chance.
Try the “extra” file and see what you think. It may just be true love this time around.