Has your agent/publisher asked you to shorten your novel by thousands of words? #writetip
Here’s what I did when my agent, Margaret Hart, suggested I pick up the pacing near the end of my first novel. I ended up cutting 6,000 words, but this technique will work for more/less words.
I re-read each scene and asked myself why I wrote it? Was is critical to the story? In no, I removed it. If yes, what was in the scene that I needed? In one scene I was revealing a piece of critical information. I added that information to another scene and cut the original scene. Poof, there went 1,000 words.
Next I analyzed each minor character. Could I combine two characters into one? This worked for cutting about 500 words.
Following that, I re-read the narrative and made notes on how I described characters or setting. By making notes, it enabled me to see where I had repeated myself. Another 500 words gone.
You can see I started big and worked my way to the little cuts. I think it made my novel a better story.
Any suggestions on how you do this?