Here are my thoughts, the pieces of brilliance, as I sketched them out on a piece of paper . . .
- Eliminate Character C Sections in Part I and incorporate main info into Character A and Character B Sections.
- Eliminate Character F Sections in Part II and incorporate main info into Character D and Character E Sections.
- Change the story from taking place over 2 years, to taking place over 1 year.
These were my initial thoughts about my revision process and the need to eliminate at least 8,000, if not 18,000 words from my lengthy work of brilliance.
Then, there are these ideas . . .
- Part I = Character A/Character B (4 Months)
- Part II = Character C/Character D (4 Months)
- Part III = Character E/Character F (4 Months)
With the above idea, I don't eliminate the perspective of any character.
But, then there's this idea . . .
- Part I = Character A/Character B (6 Months)
- Part II = Character D/Character E (6 Months)
Obviously, with the above, I've eliminated two perspectives from the manuscript, and incorporated the main info into the perspectives of the other characters.
The elimination of any perspective requires an answer to one simple question: Is said character's perspective integral to the overall story being told, or can said character's perspective be eliminated?
Then, if considering the elimination of two perspectives (one in the current Part I and Part II of Margarita Nights) how would I truly incorporate much of what was in Character F's Section of Part II into the new Part II?
This dilemma brings up the following questions:
- Would attack of Character D draw Character D and Character F closer together?
- Would Character F confide in Character D (and thus, incorporate/relay the main info eliminated by the removal of Character F's perspective)?
- Would the secret Character D and Character F share, be enough to draw them closer together?
- Would the guilt of Character F bind them together or push them apart?
Lastly, I know this - by shortening the time span of each section, I would tighten up the story and make the decision process of Character A more realistic, and less wishy-washy . . . which is probably a good thing. Still, I have to make sure that the tightening of the story doesn't make the decision making process seem hurried or forced.
Have any of you faced this dilemma before? How did you solve it? How would you solve it? Would you solve it? I only ask the last question, because I know, absolutely know, what a very good friend of mine is going to say: Leave it alone, it's fine the way it is, query already so I can say "Ya know, I know him" as he points to my picture on the back of the book when he's at the checkout counter in Borders!
All I really know is that, as much as I love what I wrote, as is, a massive word count is going to, well, count against me!