Wow. What a ride it’s been.
I’ve told you all about how I’m cutting the guts out of my languishing work in progress before, and updated you from time to time on how that’s going. Here’s another one. Not interested? Click away.
At the time of this writing, I condensed about 32 chapters or so into 10. I’ve cut the word count down in those 10 chapters to just over 27,000 words. That means I have 15 chapters to go, which, based on how this is going, should represent less than ten days of work.
In addition, the story has been cleaned up. A LOT. I didn’t realize how many issues it had. I can now see the problems clearly, the mistakes as I went along. I took the time to make the dialog more realistic too. Not so much how the characters speak, but what they speak about. I think I might be missing a strong emotional response scene at one point, but I’ve put a flag there to go back and see what’s necessary.
When I’m finished this thing gets a trip through the four-part story structure regimen. I’ll see what’s still missing, and decide whether the plot is so simplistic it isn’t worth saving, or if the story can survive. I have plenty of room for adding themes, a subplot (or two, or three), and anything relevant I can think of to reinforce the main story.
This has been a fun and useful process. For the first time in my life I can see how much stronger I am now as a writer than I was when I thought I edited this thing the first time, and how much I’ve grown since I wrote it. That’s fun.
What about you? What areas of your life can you look at and see real, honest-to-goodness growth? Which areas have you failed to notice any changes in until you compared it with something from the past? Has that ever happened to you?
I’m looking forward to finishing the evisceration of my story. I’ll let you know when I’m ready for second readers, if any of you are interested. 🙂
Have a great weekend, and I’ll talk with you Monday, God willing.
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