The editing continues. Still liking the whole tightening and fine-tuning aspects. Really seems like the whole thing is getting closer to what I want it to be.
I picked up where I left off yesterday – the midpoint. No big changes needed so far. Then I decide to do a quick scene count between the midpoint and the page 75 twist. Okay…let’s see. Got it. 26.
26? 26 scenes? Seriously? No wonder this thing seems so freakin’ huge! Something has got to go. But what? Oh yeah. That completely unnecessary sequence. Zip! Out it goes. Back to around 21.
Some quick adjusting and rewriting of the two scenes that bookended the now-gone sequence and you’d never know anything had been taken out. That big chunk of fat is not missed whatsoever.
I also realized a small subplot that was introduced in the removed sequence would serve the story better if it occurred earlier. A quick perusal and I find it: much earlier in Act Two. Don’t know why I didn’t see this before.
Next up – figuring out how much of an overhaul may be necessary for Act Three.
My niece and nephew are in town this weekend, so I expect to be busy playing tour guide, which means no writing work until sometime early next week.
It’s been a while, but I’ll ask anyway. Seen anything good lately?