But the version I am sending back, even after catching some motivation issues, adding some backstory from COMPULSION for people just coming into the series, and addressing queries from my copyeditor, I still managed to trim almost 4,000 words out.
Those words came out of the manuscript bloodies and screaming, and damn, they fought not to go. But I won.
Was it worth it? I think so. I hope so.
Tonight, this is what I look like. (Okay, I've kind of looked like this for weeks, but still . . . )
And this is what it feels like to be a writer. Every. Single.
Hoping I got to 5 overall, but gotta say there are some brief glimmers of 6. (And I don't often say that about my stuff.)
And then there was this, which is silly but still made me laugh.
Also, psst, if you haven't got COMPULSION yet, my publisher is running a promotion at B&N and Amazon for the e-book. You can get it for $1.99!
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