I’m working up to my last rounds of edits for The Proper Way to Say Goodbye. At least I think I’m close to the end. But I’ve said that before. And thanks to the help of the amazing Jolene Perry, I am going to do some major cutting because she’s helping me to recognize some of those scenes I don’t need.
And why I didn’t see that before, I don’t know. But that’s what happens with all my beta readers. They point out stuff I don’t see. They help guide me when I get off track or do something silly. I’m very lucky to have all the beta readers I’ve had–they’ve all been a terrific help.
I’m pretty sure my manuscript will be better once I do my cutting, but it sucks because I’ve got some stuff in there I love. Certain bits of dialogue that make me laugh. (And hopefully would make others laugh.) But I understand now that these scenes are either:
1. Redundant. Whatever I’m showing, I’ve done it before, just a different way.
2. Unnecessary. It isn’t moving forward the story of my main character; it’s more about a supporting character.
I haven’t done it yet, but I estimate I’ll cut up to 6,000 to 8,000 words. Which is okay because I’m at 74,000 words and may pad in some more. I’m actually excited to get this wrapped up, so I can start querying. But I don’t want to rush it either.
So is it easy for you to recognize these scenes that need to go? Or do others usually have to point it out?