Do you often find yourself facing a first draft (or even a second or third!) that is ridiculously over your target word count? Do you struggle to delete even the smallest of sentences from your manuscript? Do you feel attached to each word as though it is a beloved pet or child? If so, you are not alone…
If you were lucky enough to get into your stride and the words poured from your pen or your fingers furiously typed away, rejoice. This is often how great first drafts are written: naturally and freely, coming straight from the heart.
However, once you finish your hefty first draft, the task of cutting it down to size can seem daunting, if not impossible. We are here to help! Read on for our top ten tips for cutting words from your manuscript.
Rowanvale's Top 10 Tips:
Remember, if you can cut 10 words per page in a 300-page manuscript, you’ve already shortened it by 3,000 (unnecessary) words! Now, pick up your literary scissors and be ruthless. Happy snipping!
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