Working through the last chapter that needs to be trimmed down. So far, I’ve cut about 12,000 words off the novel, close to my target of 14,000 (10% of the original length).
So this weekend I’ll be able to start fixing the multitude of other errors I’ve found in the cutting.
Thankfully my previous fixes – the patching over of the plot hole, making certain things explicit earlier in the book – have held up on this second read-through. In fact, I think trimming off the fat of the book has made the fixes better, bringing the stitched parts of the narrative closer together, in a way, so they reinforce each other.
Strange to think that deleting words not only improves the pacing, but makes the other parts stronger.