Here’s another writing tool I use all the time. I borrowed this idea from my days as a time management consultant when I used the DBNF file for prospects who weren’t quite ready to buy.
The DBNF file is the perfect solution for those times when you need to kill your lil darlings (you know… those wonderful passages of prose that just don’t quite fit into the current piece of writing).
You know this is good material but it just doesn’t quite fit here. Yet, you hate to throw out what it took you at least an hour to create.
Solution: create a DBNF file on your computer.
DBNF Stands for Dead But Not Forgotten.
DBNF is your good writing to use elsewhere. Another time, another day, another blog post, in another story or vignette.
Cut and paste the ‘not working’ content from the current document. Create a new Word (or text) document. Save it with an appropriate file name. Store all your DBNFs in a DBNF folder. On the computer, or printed out in a manila folder.
Stuck for something to write? Revisit your DBNF for a story starter or inspiration for a new piece of writing.