One of the most necessary and difficult parts about writing is revision, especially when it entails a significant cut in word count.
Recently, I completed a High Fantasy novel of 172,000 words. After pitching the book several times, I got a similar response. “I think you have a better chance of publishing this project if you could cut 50,000 words.”
“What? Fifty-thousand words? Can I give you a kidney instead?”
Moving through the five stages of grief I came to a simple truth–I didn’t need to cut 50,000 words to get my book published, I needed to cut 50,000 words to make my book better.
I started to wonder how many writers get stuck at this step. Denial is a powerful form of ego defense, after all.
This blog is a story. It’s my story but it might also be your story. I invite you to come along and share in my revision journey. I’m sure it’s not always going to be easy and there will be some literary casualties along the way. So take a deep breath, let it out, and let’s dive in.