When I made that title, I didn't mean to speak about the two concepts separately. Perhaps it would've been more accurate to say "Editing through Writing?"
Right now (write now, ba dum tish!) I'm both editing and writing. It's... awkward to say the least. The back half still needs some little tweaks, some words cut out, and a little polish, but the front end has sections being entirely re-written. I just finished the new chapter one and it's several pages shorter than the original. You'd think it'd just be a matter of cutting things out and tossing them to the four winds, but I'm actually having to write brand new stuff.
When I cut out an entire series of scenes involving a doughnut investigation (see my sample chapters while they're still there!) you might think that all I have to do is just sew up the loose ends and move on, but there's a lot of exposition that needs to still be conveyed. I'm not so much removing these things as condensing them. So, that means writing fresh material. Also... because I apparently CANNOT just clean up writing, I've taken the opportunity to fix the flow of a few elements by introducing completely new content.
For clarification, I'm not adding the new content just to add it. I've been talking with my awesome betas and there are a few things that needed clarification, a few things that needed to be pumped up a little, and that's what these new scenes are for. I should be freeing up more than enough room to come out of this with a net gain for our fair city, er... for the novel's word count. Or decrease in word count. I'm a writer.
Be Excellent to Each Other
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