Thursday, April 14, 2011

Losing words


Well, the verdict is in on novel 2 and it's mostly very positive. BUT - there's editing to be done.

And there was me thinking it would be ready to publish by Monday ...

The main thing is, I need to lose around 100 pages to increase the pace - which is easier said than done. I've tried shoving them down the back of the radiator, setting them alight in the garden, fashioning them into origami swans, sliding them under the mattress and taking an axe to the buggers, but the last time I looked they were - well, surprisingly they were still there.

I suppose that means I'm going to have to do it the hard way. By actually writing - or should that be rewriting? Obviously it's not as simple as lopping a few chapters off the end - the dynamic of the story will change with every word that's cut, affecting all the words that follow.

Obviously.

Which means I'd better stop messing about and get to it - those pages aren't going to magically vanish. Which is kind of ironic when you consider my story is about a witch.

Wish me luck. I may be some time.

32 comments:

Shirley Wells said...

Love the origami swan. :)

Good luck with the edits!

Deb said...

"I've tried shoving them down the back of the radiator, setting them alight in the garden, fashioning them into origami swans, sliding them under the mattress and taking an axe to the buggers" -- Talk about a masterful twist! I just finished the first revision of one of my books. I obliterated 1/6 of the book, and likewise wish it had been as easy as setting them on fire!

Patsy said...

I'm wishing you luck. Cutting seems to be even harder than writing.

Fran said...

The list of things you've tried to do with your extra words sounds like an Agatha Christie advice guide to murder methods. Might come in useful one day for your editor ...

broken biro said...

Editing them down is my favourite bit! It's writing the bloody thing I have a problem with!! 8-D

Try a machete.

Bernadette said...

You could always send them to me. I could do with 100 pages of excellent prose to get me started on my next novel. :)

Good luck with the edits

Ann said...

Good luck with the new edits. I am sorry the previously tried remedies were unsuccessful!

Colette McCormick said...

Stick 'em under the ironing pile - works for me when I want to lose something.

Queenie said...

Great that so much of the feedback was so positive. I think you'll find the editing is easier than if you'd been asked to add 100 pages - cold comfort, I know, but still. Very best of luck.

liz fenwick said...

Good luck
lx

Teresa Ashby said...

Good luck, Karen. 100 pages is a lot to have to lose - now if you didn't want to lose them, they'd probably disappear overnight!

Madeleine said...

Good luck with the cull. I wonder if you gave the same pages to ten different people whether they would cut the same stuff? :O)

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Love the swan! Hope you manage to make those extra words disappear. My contemporary novel (seeking an agent) had to lose even more words than that, but I'd given my characters too many meal/coffee stops!

Amanda said...

Good luck, Karen. I know you can do it! x

Susie Vereker said...

Brilliant. Sounds good. Cutting is easy and will probably increase the pace anyway.Except 100pp a lot to lose. I had to cut down bk A and lost the old ending. Didn't matter.

Writer Pat J said...

The best of luck! I think it's really hard to cut like that... Love your blog and will follow with interest.

Jen said...

I don't envy you - lopping bits out is far harder than conjuring them up in the first place. I'd suggest sawing them in half like a magician but, er, you'd have twice as many then.

You can do it, you know you can X

Suzanne Jones said...

Lots of luck, Karen.

XX

Debs Carr said...

Shame you can't just twitch your nose and get it done in a jiffy.

Good luck with the edits.x

Lorna F said...

Good luck, Karen. It's a lot to lose but you can do it, girl. xx

Anna May said...

Put the words into the tumble drier - in pairs - and I guarantee only one will come out. Does that help?

Anna May x

Talli Roland said...

Good news that the feedback is positive! Bad news about losing 100 pages! Good luck -- in a strange kind of way, I quite enjoy cutting words. Can I come round? :)

Kari Marie said...

I love how you described trying to get rid of your pages. Gave me a chuckle. Good luck with the rewrite.

Laura said...

Hi - lovely to meet you! Good luck with the editing :) It's an amazing achievement to be at this stage!
Lx

Anna Scott Graham said...

Good luck! That sort of revising isn't easy. Will think nose-twitching, finger-snapping thoughts for you!!

Jean said...

Good luck with the editing. I always end up with loads to cut from whatever I write. It's hard. I find it easier to expand than to cut. I'm sure you'll get there soon. I love your ideas of how to quickly get rid of those pages.

Evelyn said...

Hope the pruning is going well.

Cally said...

Congrats on the positive feedback. I know how scary the wait can be! And good luck with the edit - I know how wretched that can be! Head down, a bit every day (or every other day) and you'll get there in the end.

Jarmara Falconer said...

Wow that's the way go... But shoving them down the back of the radiator :-) I would worry about doing, Well with all that heat they might just start breeding. And where would you been then?

Good luck with your editing.

Lydia said...

Glad the feedback was mainly positive, but 100 pages? Wow! I always find cutting easier than adding but even so that's quite a cull. Good luck with it girl! :) x

HelenMHunt said...

I have every confidence in your editing skills. And, indeed, your origami skills!

Karen said...

Thank you all for your wonderfully supportive comments, as always. You really spur me on actually, and after a considerable amount of faffing about and mulling things over, and a small crisis of confidence last Tuesday, the editing is finally underway - though I've still a way to go yet!

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