Editing Is Hard, updated

Editing is always so much slower than I expect it to be.

I’ve finished the last round of edits on Creampuffs, so that’s a relief, and being a bit nervous about jumping into Ashes, I decided to do the edits for Northern Portents. I printed it out, I sat in the library or my office for a couple of days, I slashed and highlighted and combined characters and took out whole scenes. Like a monster.

Feeling very proud of myself, I checked the word count: I’d dropped from 13,974 to my target of–

No, wait. My target was under 10K. But my back-stabbing word processing program informed me that I was still at 12,716. I cut less than 2K.

HOW DOES THAT WORK

I TOOK OUT SO MUCH

*headdesks*

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