I have too many words.
I am less than 60 pages from finishing my massive edit of my manuscript. Previous to my edit, my book was approximately 97,700 words.
I know that the usual trade-length book is 80-90K words, but I figured a little over wasn’t too bad. I would probably cut things in my edit, which I did.
What I hadn’t counted on was adding words. On a whim, I checked my word count the other day. It was now OVER 100K words.
Erch. Problem. My book can’t be that long! (Literary Agent, Terry Whalin, has preached this principle many times on his blog. I’m trying to heed it…)
*Sniffle* This means I have to cut something. And that sounds like NO fun.
How do I accomplish this?
A few ways:
I tend to use too many words, and phrases when I write. I know this is a problem, and I’m working on it. There are alot of just unneeded words that can be trimmed to make my writing tighter and easier to read. I’m working on that.
There are also a few scenes I can cut, or at the least condense considerably. I don’t write scenes for the fun of it. All of them have a specific purpose to move the plot or theme forward. Some, of course, have less of an impact than the others. Those are the ones I need to focus on deleting or condensing.
For now, I will focus on finishing my final edit, and tightening up my first three chapters before conference. Word count trimming may need to be an after conference project, but I’m confident I can at least get it under 95K, if not under 90.
On a side note, I’m still procrastinating on preparing my pitch. Not good, I know. *Gulp*
Anyone else have any tips for reducing word count?