Well, I’ve shot my chances of rising early tomorrow, but in a few hours I’ve made a to-do list that tightens my novel and gone from 115,442 words to 101,669.
That’s 54 pages in the Revision #8 cut bits file that I started about 9 p.m. tonight.
My apologies to you dears that are currently reading the longer version.You have my permission to abandon the effort. Things are changing again. For the better, I hope.
I’ve been very disciplined in many areas of my life these last several days, and this evening I just lost it: binged on junk food, read a bunch writing/editing blogs and dove into the novel with a knife between my teeth. And my Noveling Pandora station playing. Till Midnight.
My goal is to bring the word count down enough to let me fit a particular prologue with the new opening chapter (a variant of the current chapter 4). It will most likely necessitate a mirrored postlude, which will need essentially to be crafted from scratch as it is the first-first thing I ever wrote on November 1, 2006.
I’ll probably never dare ask people to read this again, I change so substantially each time, but I know I can’t quit, so on I go.