My quote on rewriting and editing: Pain is not optional.
Back to 27-thousand words, the going is a slow crawl into what I wrote long ago, and gosh, golly-gee, it sounded, looked and felt so good then and now I've cut the pages in this book form 1,200 to 900 and on with the hatchet. I wonder how writing groups I belong(ed) to put up with me! Anyways, here is a link to a free download on re-writing and editing - to me the same hatchet. Again I thank my husband for his bluntness and fearless hatching and editing, and those that like the book enough to have high-hopes for me, and to those that say aren't you done yet, I say: maybe never.
Last but not, a quote form an author I enjoy reading:
"I always rewrite the very beginning of a novel. I rewrite the beginning as I write the ending, so I may spend part of morning writing the ending, the last 100 pages approximately, and then part of the morning revising the beginning. So the style of the novel has a consistency." Joyce Carol Oates