I learned a valuable lesson today, while revising "Sorrow of the Dragon Gods." You can edit for eternity. Let me digress a bit, though. When I was writing the story initially, it was being reviewed by my professor at ISU. She would get one chapter from me at a time, per week, and it has dawned on me now that there would be no way for her to give succinct editing advice, with only a chapter in her mind at any given time. There was no way she could remember back five chapters, five weeks ago, and retain precious plot points and character development. Thus, when she suggested changes, alterations to the plot, or the removal of 'unnecessary information,' in truth, her advice was flawed because she lacked the entirety of the story.
Now, I'm eternally grateful for everything I learned in my creative writing classes. However, in revising "Sorrow" this time, I can't help but wonder why some important elements were removed, as they seem so necessary now. I've added over 70 pages of story in the last two weeks, and will probably add another 70 more by the time this thing goes back to print.
Yep--back to print. I apologize for the previous release. It wasn't ready. Somehow a chapter was 'lost' in production, and I've decided that the story needs some stuffing. While I still can. I want it to be as strong as possible.