So I've been going over my pitch for PitMad today. It needs work. Fortunately I still have a couple days, but those are going to be gone sooner than I'd like. (Side note: thanks to my Twitter writers' group for the help with my pitch.)
Fast forwarding through less important matters, I came the conclusion that I need to ready myself for inevitable cuts to the novel. Like... big cuts. I've already picked out a single scene that I think can go without damaging the overall plot too much, but now I'm considering whole chapters. Entire side plots that I could potentially restructure. Remove plots, reassign the integral plot points to other sections of the novel, and use that space to flesh out Jonathan (my protagonist) a little.
It's not ideal, but in a frantic, fevered frenzy of phrasal formatting I think I might actually see a sleeker, refined Paladin. At the same time, I'm worried I won't actually be able to cut this down significantly more than I have without losing what The Paladin is.
Man... editing and revising sucks. I wish I could just do the writing thing forever. When you're imagining being a successful author, you think about writing, staying up late, plotting, maybe signing books and getting sweet deals. You never think about trying to wrangle together beta readers, keeping track of dozens of emails of people who never get back to you, seeking out other writers, and trying not to feel like a fraud when everyone else talks about how far they are in their writer's path.
Okay... that's out. Feeling a little better. Time to get back to work. Not abandoning this life any time soon. Gotta go review the outline for The Paladin scene by scene.
Be Excellent to Each Other
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.