So, I’m working on the manuscript that I’m determined to revise.
I’ve set out to deepen the conflict. I know what needs to be done, and I know how I’m going to accomplish it, so that’s good. But it’s going to require some ruthless editing. Like cutting large chunks of dialogue that I still like but know aren’t going to move the plot forward, changing around some back story, and deleting some great scenes.
Even though I know it has to be done, it’s still painful. But then I remind myself that those words aren’t sacred. That a rejection is a heck of a lot more painful than deleting words…so I’ll cut and then I’ll paste them into another document filled with cut scenes from this book. That always helps. It doesn’t feel as bad knowing those words are somewhere.
So, that’s what I’m up to for the next couple of weeks.
Now, back to cutting.