So, I want to shed 7,000 words from one of my WIPs. It’s about 350 pages long…
Ever the mathematician, I figured it was as simple as deleting 20 words per page and – hey presto – I’d be at my magical number.
100 pages into my cull, and I’m down 1,500 words. Roughly, that equals NOT ENOUGH.
As one of my bosses used to love to say: “Toughen up Princess”. This is not even murdering my darlings, this is just 20 puny words per page. I can do this!
Step 2 is going to be Murdering Some Of Those Darlings (hey, why hold back? entire scenes even??!), so I hope I can step up the word removal before I get to that. I want this draft to be within the accepted norm for word count for a Young Adult.
Cut cut cut!