Yep, I'm hacking Blood Bound to pieces. I had this brainstorming idea the other day to change it from adult fantasy to YOUNG ADULT fantasy, so have changed the age of the characters, tweaked the back story a little and now I have to cut it from 128,000 works to around 95,000.
AM I INSANE?????
First of all, it's the first of a four book series and EVERYTHING I've put in this book leads to things that will happen either in this novel, or the three to come. You've heard of foreshadowing, right? Well, it is IMPORTANT STUFF.
So, here I sit, almost 1/4 of the way through the manuscript and I've only managed to cut about 2,000 words. EEEK!!!
That means I have a LOT more cutting to do and every scene I come to CAN'T be cut. I've whittled down dialogue, descriptions, narrative and even cut scenes, but there's NO WAY I will bring it under the 100,000 word mark. So now what? Will the YA industry toss it because it's over the word count? Probably, especially for a debut novel from a new author. They're not going to waste their money on an unknown and produce a book that is way too big.
I'm off to cut . . . Cut . . . CUT . . . CUT . . . and CUT!!