I want to create a text animation in blender. I'm trying to reduce the number of faces in my mesh. I'm having a lot of trouble adding faces to certain letters after I have gotten rid of some of the edges. For example, when I try to fill the letter "A" the entire letter including the negative space is filled. I've tried ripping and separating the match but I haven't had much success. I'm trying to mimic a YouTube tutorial but I'll never get to the end if I can't get the mesh straight.
I've included a screenshot of my project and a link to the video. My knowledge of edges vertices and faces or lack thereof is probably was giving me trouble.