So I got back into revisions again today, and did a pretty good job making progress. Well, five pages got revised, which isn’t a whole lot. Not out of 443. But progress is progress, especially after I was kept from revisions for so long.
I managed to fix a couple of very important plot holes today, each of which was small but crucial. Some threads from earlier in the novel are being brought together in the end, which is working out nicely. I’ve still got a large stack of notes to work through, but I’m confident I can push through them, little by little.
The main issue I’m facing right now is some important decisions that need to get made. Specifically, there are a few things I am now convinced may need to be cut. Some were things I realized on my own, others were things a trusted person suggested needed to be cut in order to make the story work. In each case, they’re things that I really really like and don’t want to cut because they’re some of my favorite parts. But despite how much I adore certain parts of the novel, they might not be helping the story. A scene or section that is great as a stand-alone thing might not actually be what’s best for the novel as a whole.
It’s going to be hard to decide what definitely does or doesn’t need to be cut. I still have to consider a few possible angles. But sometime in the next few days I’m going to need to make a decision.
Wish me luck.