Recently I've begun editing my book for the third time. All 325 pages being critically looked at by me. This time it's different. When I edited my book the previous two time, I was reading for plot holes, grammar errors, consistent tone, character consistency. Not this time. No paragraph, no page is safe. Words are getting cut.
It's not that plot holes and character consistency isn't important. To the contrary, their crucial to the audience believing that I'm a for-reals writer. But I have a different goal in mind with this third edit. I want every word in this book to have a purpose. To move the plot forward.
I began writing this book in 2011 during NaNoWriMo. I love NaNoWriMo because it's a great forcing function and pushes me to write my thoughts on an actual page. But not everything thought is a good thought. In fact, maybe thoughts are like photos: only a third of them are worth sharing with the world.
What brought me to this new realm of editing?
Finishing (and eventually publishing) my book is one of my New Year's resolutions. I am putting more energy and thought into this than ever before. I want this book to be that one third. So here's to more frustrating but cathartic editing!