Sunday Update: The Editing Life

Hi again, fellow writers and readers. This will be a short update, as we have a busy day full of family events.

Editing is a funny game. Let’s be real. How much do I have to say? Not much. 🙂

A few weeks ago I pulled a whole section out of the novel I’m editing. Close to 10,000 words. But of course I didn’t delete them — I moved them into a “scrap” document, just in case I changed my mind. Lucky for me, because change my mind I did! While the novel’s timeline has changed, I found I needed a lot of what I’d cut, just in a different form. That process resulted in bringing back a little more than 5,000 words of what I’d cut. Other than that, I’ve added about 2,000 words. But I also cut some stuff and tightened things up later in the document, so my manuscript is only 800 words longer.

There are twelve more scenes that need revision or additions (My husband said, “You counted them?” *sheepish grin* Yes. I counted them.) Other than that, it’s all editing. I feel confident I’ll have this draft complete by the end of the round. Then back to the shelf with it while I return to the Children of the Sidhe novellas. I will publish Queen Witch by the end of the year, but I’m not rushing it.

Anyone else noticed it’s now June? What happened?

About J.R. Pearse Nelson

J.R. Pearse Nelson is a native Oregonian, residing in the beautiful Portland area. She lives with her husband, two small daughters and the family dog. J.R. is always searching for the magic in our world. She weaves tales rooted in mythology, bringing legend to life in modern-day and fantasy settings.

J.R. is the author of the Children of the Sidhe paranormal romance series, the Foulweather Twins fantasy series, and the Water Rites fantasy series.

You can connect with J.R. online at her website. Visit

5 comments on “Sunday Update: The Editing Life

  1. LOL, yeah June crept up on us didn’t it? It’s always harder for me to gauge forward progress during edits/revisions — add 100 words there, remove 275 words here, rewrite 1200 words, etc. — but it looks like you’re doing well. Hope you have a fab week.

  2. Editing is definitely a labor of love! Ha. It can consume…hence the counting of scenes remaining to edit…ha.

    Please don’t mention that the year is nearly half over…Arrgh! Time is flying by. Too soon, I’ll have to face the demise of summer – and it’s just getting started. Sigh. Hope you have a wonderful day with the family.

  3. I am terrified of starting to edit! Nice to know though I won’t be te only one doing it! Hope it goes well and I have learnt a valuable lesson from you….don’t just delete, move it to a scrap folder!! Have a great week 🙂

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