I’m about a week in the rewrite of a psychological thriller (see post on Characters and Quest) and am writing each chapter from a particular viewpoint. In the previous edition, some of the chapters had more than one viewpoint (one even had three), but I’ve decided to limit the shifts in VP. I think the reworking is going okay – at least, there seems to be a greater build up of atmosphere now and the story feels less rushed – but many of the chapters are a lot shorter than before.
This is a problem with ruthless editing – you solve one problem but lose something of the nature of the story in the process. Still, the ruthless editing is worth it, so long as you keep backups of previous manuscripts.
(Note on backing up – I send the latest update of my work to each of my email accounts every few days.)