This past month I've been working furiously to finish the last edits of my book before I hit query land. Hence the absence here.
I finished my major edits and now I'm on my last read through. I've managed to cut my word count from 70,000 to 66,000, which really seems like a lot of words. In total, from the first draft of this book to now, I've cut 34,000 words, which is almost a whole book. Obviously I wrote too much the first time through.
For my second book, I wrote slim with the first draft coming in at just over 50,000 words, but now when I reach chapters that I didn't write very much for I feel like I'm writing the first draft again.
This begs the question: Do you write your first drafts to add or do you write your first drafts to subtract?
I'm beginning to wonder which one is better.
BTW - congrats to Elana Johnson on her book Posession which comes out today. So excited to read this one.