Editing is hard work! I thought creating the story would be difficult, but once I got into the groove, the writing flowed. Now it seems all I’m doing is throwing out scenes that don’t advance the plot. And I liked some of those scenes a lot!
I don’t actually throw anything away, but the folder called Unused Material keeps growing. At the end of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November, I had over 50,000 words. I thought by now my word count would be higher, but it continues to fall.
The work I’ve started with is tightening the story and refining the narrative flow. Hopefully my efforts will result in a leaner and meaner version. I’m thinking of this as diet and exercise to make the book stronger. When I’m satisfied, I will dress the story up with all the compelling descriptions and details I have in mind. The result should be an attractive and appealing novel. That’s my plan!
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2 thoughts on “Editing is Hard”
It IS hard! I’m in that phase too. Into my 4th master draft. Each time it gets whittled down and fleshed out more and more. Each time, cleaner and deeper.
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Good for you! I’m still working on my first rewrite, so I have a ways to go.