Im about to cry because I decided to take a break from writing after editing my book in August and Im planning on changing the plot. I really do not want to rewrite the entire novel. Should I reread it first before deciding to rewrite it? I want to change a few character motivations which will most likely cause a domino effect.
Im freaking out
Most Helpful Guy
You're going to have find a way to trim 20-20K words from that, as most agents and publishers won't read first novels that exceed the 90K mark.
But generally, young scribes overwrite like mad, so maybe if you go through it with a fine-tooth comb, you'll find you actually have 20K superfluous words that can be removed with affecting the plot. :)1
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Most Helpful Girl
Unfortunately, you're going to have to do a lot of rewriting or else your novel is going to look like a hot mess and no one will buy it. You might have to go through and find parts of the novel that will be unnecessary after you change the overall plot and cut them. Also, usually when you change the plot, a lot of the times the first few chapters set up a story so you may not have to change those. If you have to, you'll probably end up rewriting the novel anyway.0