I love this picture. It has nothing to do with what I'm actually posting about today, but what the heck. I couldn't find a picture I liked that showed words being shrunk.
I am almost at the halfway point of my book. Well, at least as far as page count is concerned. As far as story arc...eh, not quite. But almost. I've been happily gutting scenes I don't need. Cutting and pasting them into their own file. I've already taken out about 40 pages. But I'm still not where I need to be and I know it's better if I take care of this problem now before I get too far along.
In my second draft edit, I decided to break my story down into three acts. The first two acts end on a major turning point. The third act ends on the Black Moment and is followed by the climax and resolution. I've allotted 110 pages for Act I, which I managed to do in 109 pages. A small miracle in itself. For Act II, I've allowed 150 pages, of which I only have 86 left. And as things stand now, it isn't going to be enough. I may be able to steal a few pages from Act III but not many, as once Act II is done with I only have 140 pages left to build to the Black Moment, have the Black Moment, then the Climax and the Resolution.
I feel some scene caps coming on. That may be the best way for me to juggle things around and figure out what can be blended with what, what needs to be cut, etc.
But if anyone else out there has any suggestions on what they do to cut down on their page count, feel free to throw them my way. I can use all the help I can get when it comes to actually writing a book under 400 pages...