Remember Jack T. Colton from the movie, Romancing the Stone? While he and romance novelist, Joan Wilder, are lost in a Colombian jungle, he wields his macheté and chops off her shoe heels. She says, “These were Italian.” He replies, “Now they’re practical.”
If I want to sell my manuscripts, I have to be practical, too. That means ruthlessly cutting characters, backstory, and other elements, which aren’t essential to the story. Sometimes the process is like hacking my way through a jungle. Too bad a macheté and Jack T. Colton aren’t included.
How do you make revising and editing easier?