I have a love/hate relationship with revisions. Okay, full disclosure, it's a little more hate and a little less love. It's like training. I just want a toned body not necessarily all the exercise that goes with it. But that's how it works.
The love part kicks in when I suddenly realize I've done it (or I'm doing it!). A few months ago I received invaluable feedback about my WIP. It all made perfect sense. I agreed with it in full. Sign me up. On board. Here we go...
I genuinely had no idea where to begin. And once I began there just seemed to be more and more and more to do. It ended up a little something like this:
-Cut 20,000 words
-Re-arrange much of what's left
-Write a new 15,000 words
-Cut another 10,000 words
-Write another 6,000 words
And now I'm about to re-read it in full once again! I've killed off more darlings than I ever have before but with each execution I ask myself, "Does this advance the plot?" Not a subplot but THE PLOT. The answer determines if it stays or if it goes.