Purely out of interest today, I did a little word count of the first nine scenes of Sibylline Nights before and after editing. I've added 4400 words!
I've only edited about ten percent of the novel so far, but if I keep going like this I could up my word count to almost 150,000! Aren't I meant to be making the story shorter to meet publishing standards? Does this mean I'll have a lot to cut?!
I know there will be some parts I cut. I can think of a large portion off the top of my head. But it still worries me that I'm going to end up with a novel that's too long and I won't know what to take out.
On the plus side, those nine scenes I've edited are good. They were a nice skeleton before, but now I feel there's meat on those bones. I think I've set up the foundation of the story and characters well. My CPs seem to agree.
Hopefully I can continue with this momentum, and get the first draft fully edited by June.