I don’t mind saying…
…now that I’ve finished the addition, that the past four months of rewrites to the faerie novel–and at 81k I can call it that without reservation now–comprised the hardest writing I’ve done, ever. Adding the raw volume of text I was asked to add, over 30,000 words, required reexamination of what I was trying to do in the first place with the story, scene by scene.
I kept almost all of what I had, with the exception of transitional passages that now resembled Bridges to Nowhere. The trick was not only integrating new material on a basic plotting and logistic level (Safety Tip–even in fantasy, the protagonist usually needs to be in one place at any given time) but also threading the themes already present through the additional text, in some cases amplifying ones present but largely unaccounted for, in others modulating them for variety and contrast.
Some jobs remain: combing the plot threads together at the seams, continuity, the wonder of AutoCrit, WUTA comments and suggestions. Then back to the agent it goes.