The other day I was walking with the kids, and my daughter picked a dandelion puff, blowing as hard as she could and sending the little sprays everywhere. Immediately I thought of a line I had written in my first novel, in a section that had been cut – but oh – what a line!
It had never occurred to me until that moment to take that line and use it in another piece of work. The instant I thought it, I felt like I’d been caught cheating. But why? I asked myself, after all I had created it, why not use it somewhere else?
I’ve been thinking about this situation a little, and somehow it still doesn’t feel right. I wouldn’t object to another writing doing it, not at all, it actually makes sense to do so, but for time being I just don’t think I can. It was created in one context, for one moment, for one scene. I couldn’t remove it and use it elsewhere.
Would you use a phrase you wrote in one piece – one that had no use any longer because of the slash – in another piece of work?