process is always a revelation
So I got up to work this morning but still wasn’t feeling the love. There are scenes in this book that I suspect are snowstorms, which–
–years and years ago, my writing partner Sarah/
And I fear I have snowstorms in this book. Now, I’ve left them in place because removing them won’t change the structure of the book, but because I’m spinning my wheels I thought, well, crap, I’d better go have a look at the whole manuscript and see if I really can cut those.
I was talking to Michelle Sagara/
This isn’t something I think about consciously, but I suspect it’s what’s happening in my hind brain. It’s also why, when I reach the end of a book, I tend to have a pretty solid draft: I’ve usually already gone back and done most of the revisions that *I* can see need doing, because if I leave them to dangle, my pacing is off. Huh. Process is always a revelation.
Today’s process revealed 2K worth of cuts and fixing the last line of the last chapter I’d written. The last line was probably the biggest part of the problem, but oh well, the snowstorm stuff needed cutting, and perhaps now it all moves a little more quickly. Which, with a book aimed at 9-12 year olds, is important.
35018 / 70000 words. 50% done!
This mention of Michelle Sargara is timely. I just recently discovered the Elantra series and tore right through all available and am now stucking waiting on this next release. You have the coolest friends :)