How to Trim Down the Word Count On A Bloated Manuscript

This week’s podcast episode is a roundup of all my guests and topics for the month of July, as well as my advice on how to trim down your word count when a manuscript is bloated beyond belief.

I offer manuscript critiques and one of the common mistakes I see new writers making is pacing issues related to scenes that aren’t accomplishing anything. One memorable client in 2018 came to me with a fantasy over 120,000 words. It was well-written, with a complex and well-built world… but it didn’t need 120k words. I told her I thought she could trim it down to 85k – and with my guidance, she did.

How? By asking critical questions of each scene, and on the microlevel, weeding out unnecessary words.

Learn more about self-editing in this week’s podcast episode, below

And don’t miss the exclusive agent and editor podcast episodes that will be available through Patreon on August 1st. Teasers are below, full episodes run about 30 minutes in length and will be available this coming Wednesday.

Previously published episodes currently available through Patreon feature agents Adriann Ranta and Eric Smith, as well as editors Ben Rosenthal and Anica Mrose Rissi.