I'm almost halfway finished with the first major revision of Remedy Wheel (v2). I told people while I was composing the draft that I was "revising as I go," which I was, but at the same time I didn't really know how much time it would save me later in the process if any. You can't escape the process. Why would you try?
What I've discovered now is that the material is actually in pretty good shape for an early draft. There's very little fluff or fat and I'm not, in fact, going to "copy edit" away the fifty to seventy-five pages I'd like to shave. The only way to make a serious reduction in page count is removing a whole storyline. But which one?
This is a good problem in the sense that it means the draft feels relatively "solid." The downside is that I know I have to make real cuts somewhere. It's just too long right now.