Two weeks and just under six additional pages later, my initial pass at the managerial-dictated rewrite is complete.
Current page total: 120. Not too bad, but I’d like to trim that a little bit.
Now the next step: read through the whole thing, seeking out any more potential changes/fixes.
Most of the notes were incorporated, or at least a variation on what was suggested. It’s too soon to tell what the overall impact is. I’ll know more after I read it.
I was originally concerned that adding a few lines here and there might become problematic. Am I making things too complicated? Extending them unnecessarily?
Fortunately, my internal editor was more than ready to step in and stop me from going too far. All that work of learning how to say more with fewer words seems to have really paid off.
In fact, in some cases, coming up with that little extra something actually helped to flesh out the characters and the story.
So while the next couple of days will be all about fine-tuning and further editing, the ongoing concerns of “Will it be what the manager is hoping for?” and “Is it better than it was?” will still be bouncing around somewhere in the back of my mind.
But second-guessing myself or stressing out over little details is counter-productive, especially if I want to be professional about this. I’ve made the commitment to see this through. I’ll do what I can and polish it to the best of my ability, and that’s all there is to it.
Then it’s on to the next fun activity: slaying the dragon that is the 1-page synopsis.