I've been knee-deep in the revisions/rewrites.
The phrase 'in the weeds' seems particularly apt.
Can't tell if I'm wining or losing. Certainly, I'm losing the word-count battle. Everytime I touch the manscript I lose words, even though I'm writing new material. It's partly because I'm tyring to avoid repetition, also I see some opportunities to streamline the language.
If I didn't objectively think it was an entertaining story, I'd just shelve it and move on. Better believe the next time I write a plot-driven novella
That's it. That's all I got. Sorry folks.