I was a little scared as I prepared to tackle this edit which had come as the result of one of my writing epiphanies. Two books, a combined 195k words. Yet I suddenly realized this part of my planned series should have been one book. 195k and the most I could possibly get away with would be 150k.
Yikes! What was I thinking?
Yet, being the writer I am, I began.
On my first major edit to this combined book, with eyes that have edited at least half a dozen more since I last opened these files, I was in shock. My editing eye has changed so immensely. Between normal editing and inspired cut-it-down editing I was able to knock off a good 20k! Where did that come from? Plus, I feel the writing is way better without the weight.
I'm in the middle of pass number two, and I've got to say, it's startling how much there still is to edit. What I'm finding doing these two edits in a row is that the voice is turning out to be more consistent cover to cover. My editing improved in the second half of the first pass and has carried into the first half of my second pass. As I go I'm feeling like my writing now matches my story. They are both tight, consistent, and polished. I love this story and it's finally being told as it should have been.
I'm more excited than ever to bring this baby out into the world. It feels whole at last.
Something I've learned about writing in this process? My editing eye is improving all the time. Practice really does make perfect, or at least a lot closer to perfect.
Have I mentioned that I really do love editing? Weird, I know!