Sarah Waters on cutting like crazy
Cut like crazy. Less is more. I've often read manuscripts–including my own–where I've got to the beginning of, say, chapter two and have thought: "This is where the novel should actually start." A huge amount of information about character and backstory can be conveyed through small detail. The emotional attachment you feel to a scene or a chapter will fade as you move on to other stories. Be business-like about it.
2/21/2012 04:04:55 am
I don't do much cutting or adding. I edit and fix the stuff from my editor, but I've been happy with the results on the first go. Of course, I write most of my books asa serials, so each chapter has to make sense before I hit post. That is probably a big part of it.
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