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How I shortened the manuscript from 98,000 to 76,000 words

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When I had sent the draft of Now, Returned to India to my beta readers, the word count stood at nearly 98,000. As I had mentioned in an earlier post, almost every reviewer had mentioned that my writing seemed verbose. So when I sat down to reduce the word count, I also began to maintain a chapter-wise ‘before and after’ word count.

I also kept track of what was the reduction in words in percentage. During the process, I also learnt an important lesson – how to narrate the story in as few words. I am posting the results of my two week long effort below. Note that I also merged two chapters which would explain the numbers in the parenthesis. I am not sure if this was the most effective way of reducing the length of the manuscript, and would like to know how others go about the process.

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This post was originally published in 2014 on my (then) WordPress blog and has been updated in February 2022.