Monday, 20 June 2011

Editing in Wonderland

Some times editing this novel is very much like Alice in Wonderland. You tell the long chapters to 'drink this' and then they start shrinking. Descriptions shrink and then head off to the naughty bin and boring speech disappears.
You tell the short chapters to 'eat this' and they start expanding at a rapid rate. The characters start talking and a whole section about a major part of the plot needs adding because one silly little sentence isn't going to cut it.

I'm over half way with the redrafting of this novel. A lot of the chapter openings are being sliced and diced. I need to get to the important stuff. This version is definitely going to have a smaller word count. But I think this is a good thing.

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