Having gained sufficient time and distance from the sentences in my novel, I’m cutting. Many sentences have too many words. Some need words rearranged, the most important word relocated to the end of the sentence, emphasizing the point. There is something so refreshing about this process of paring down, pruning to make a thing flourish. The trick is balance: how to tell when you’re tinkering to tinker, when the first way was better. Breathing with each sentence, the comfort of making them stronger, the comfort of those moments when I know I’ve made them better.
Delicious, rewarding, nerdy. Yes.