I got a good editing session in today, and edited/rewrote seven chapters from the NaNo novel into The Novel, bringing the word count to well over the 65k mark. I suspect the final wordcount will be closer to 100k in the end. I forgot just how much fun the story actually is, and have enjoyed spending some time with the characters again.
A lot of backstory paragraphs have died a painful death, as have some of the sentences that really just did not need to be there. My favourite bad sentence so far is ‘Mystery has a scent, and it is blue.’
Now that the story is complete, it is far easier to edit, rewrite and remove the excess, and hopefully soon, I will have a beautifully polished story that I can start sharing again.