So, The Witches of Avalon is safely out, and an honourable length. Hurrah! So now I turn my attention to Book II, The Curse of Excalibur. I’m in the mood to cut. I’m in the zone. Spurred on by how unexpectedly satisfying I found cutting Book I, and the comments of my new Twitter author friends on my last blog post (Carol Hedges, Terry Tyler, Rose Edmunds and EJ Frost) I was in the mood and ready to go.
So I looked over what the editor had suggested. Great! Let the cutting commence. Ha ha. But by the time I got to the end, I was sure there was more to do. I had noticed the way that I had developed this anxious habit in my writing and editing of thinking things weren’t clear and trying to explain too much. A bit of mystery never hurt any novel, in my opinion.
I’ve cut almost 20,000 words from Book II and without hesitation I would say it has made my work 20,000 words better. I am certainly getting into the swing of it and now feel like I am developing as a self-editor, but I don’t think I would have been brave enough to make that first chop if someone else hadn’t been stern enough with me to make me do it!