Wednesday, February 16, 2005


Got my last batch of edits back for Tiger Gold, so I've been busy. I somehow have to cram 3,000 more words into the story. (looking at it from all angles) But I'm not sure where.
It's hard on a finished story to add. On first edits, it's easy. There is a lot of room for improvement, and my editors are terrific. But once the story has been polished up, it's hard to find a nook or cranny to stick an extra scene.
I'm sure I'll find one.
I don't think it needs more sex. Maybe some description? More character development? Hmmm. We shall see. Best thing sometimes is to let it sit a couple days and look at it with fresh eyes.


Wynn Bexton said...

Mine will have the opposite problem : major cutting. But I've already marked the places where I can cut. I worked so hard on character development (it's in mulitple point of view) that there are a lot of places that can safely go.
Good luck with your editing, adding.

Sam said...

Hi Wynn,
Well, as my best editor always said, "When in doubt - cut it out!"
Good advice to writers. I tend to write sparse, so cutting isn't so much of a problem for me. (but I have had to do it) What is hard is finding those pesky, repeating words that crop up in all my books!
(in one book I have the word 'bit' in nearly every page...ARGH!)