Once upon a time, I used to feel a bit sick about throwing out hundreds of words. Blank-page re-writes of whole chapters were nausea inducing. But times change and, as I threw out 30,000 words the other day, I realised that I actually like doing it now.
Blank-paging a story – no matter the size – is just so freeing! You get to pretend like you haven’t already written it and work back in all the good things about the first go.
These days it’s a technique I highly recommend.