Sidling through the densely packed words, you close in on your target, red pen or delete button at hand. You know you can’t hesitate when you take out the target. The word you aim for must go! DELETE! Another unnecessary word bites the dust.
This weekend I’ll be starting a line by line edit on Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe Volume 1: The Beginning. I will apply all that I have learned in Writers World Boot Camp. Going through the manuscript line by line, asking myself what needs to go, what needs to stay, what can be rewritten to make it tighter, allowing a smooth flow. I did the same to volume 2 Discovery and managed to cut 19k words. Editing is a pain, but think how painful it is to someone who reads it without these needed edits Keep your potential readers foremost in your mind when you are editing.