*Gasps for breath* Well, I've been running a marathon! An editing one, that is.
Yesterday I realized, to my despair, that I had to do some major
editing in certain areas of my book Silver Blood.
Cutting, pasting, fitting, dissecting, ect. Or, as I told my husband
"I am going to preform surgery!"
It is very difficult to completely remove an element from a book.
In my case I had to remove a character (minor but scattered
throughout the book) and move information from the middle of the book
to the back.
Airith, one of my main characters, falls in love with X-Sayda, the
wild daughter of an Outland chieftain. She encourages Airith but then
betrays him by marrying someone else for power. After her husband is
poisoned (suspicious, anyone?) she decides that she wants Airith
after all. By then he has realized what sort of person she really is
and refuses her. Though the Witch Queen encourages Airith to marry
her to gain power and influence.
Originally X-Sayda is only met or mentioned a few times in the
book, her and Airith's past relationship is only hinted at.
Then I realized: "By adding all these extra parts I am making
my word count higher than I want. And how am I supposed to make this
So I said: "I'll just take her out
completely!" Then I realized she was involved intricately in a
major part of the book. So....I made her a minor part again. Sigh.
Have you ever had to remove parts from your book/writing or add parts that
gave you grief?