Branch by branch
My book started out with some 220,000+ words. As my first try at writing anything, it was large and fluffy and full of great things. When I got the first review from my Style Editor, the news was great with a few caveats. I needed to snuff out my longwinded-ness. My first thought was….what? This is my baby! How can I chop off an arm or a leg? The idea seemed impossible! Given a few days of pondering I started to see my book not as a baby but as a young sapling being trained toward the light. In order for it to become the might oak I know it can be, there has to be some pruning. The great thing is, I’m holding the shears I and I know just where to cut and what has to be left alone.
The last few weeks have been just that, pruning a branch here, a twig there….bringing it all in tighter and sharper than ever before. What I thought would be a painful process has been a lot of fun, and I’m excited to see this improved version coming to life. What’s even better is thinking of my future readers and how they will love what I’ve done with this exciting story.
At a future date you’ll have access to some of the deleted scenes right here on my website. When people want to know more about Jenna and Cooper I’ll have some juicy details right here that will make them love the characters that much more.
So I guess what they say is true. Sometimes change is not so bad. Sometimes it’s the very thing the doctor ordered.