I cut two whole chapters of Kindred's early section this week, bits of which will be worked in further down the road, I imagine (or kid myself). Together they totaled somewhere near 5000 words.
I knew those two chapters needed to go. They consisted mostly of stagnant conversation and back story and slowed the pace far too much, right where it didn't need to be slowed. But... ouch.
On the bright side, this brings the word count down to 278,560. I'm heading in the right direction now.
Which reminds me of a quote, courtesy of my friend Karen Ball's new romance/suspense novel, What Lies Within.
"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." WILL ROGERS