The Bearsden Witch Series Book One is off for its second round of editing. I’m so excited! I’m also drained. Since this was my first novel, I had to make major decisions following the developmental edit. I’m not going to sugarcoat it. It was brutal. I had to cut, cut, cut! In the end, I cut over 20,000 words from the draft I sent to my editor.
I first started writing this novel in January 2020. When the pandemic hit, I had to put it aside for months. When I got back into the writing after six months, I had to revisit it with a fresh start, but there was a disconnect between what I had written and where the novel was heading. I had started as a pantser, which works great for a lot of people. It didn’t work for me.
I finally made an outline as a plotter, but I’d already written a lot of words. Unfortunately, I had to delete many scenes, and it was tough. A lot of writers have a hard time saying goodbye to the words they wrote. It hurt to cut them, but I survived. Once I started cutting, it became a challenge. Can I cut another 5,000 words and still have the necessary details? I did. And I came out feeling so much better about my book.
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