Thursday 7 June 2012
Book 2 - Finally Shrinking Word Count
This draft seems to be flying by now. Can't believe I've reached 61% but I hope the pace continues.
Last week I was worried about the size of the word count as it didn't seem to be shrinking. This week I have the opposite problem - I've cut huge chunks out at a time this week, sometimes up to 2,000 words at a time. If I carry on like this I'll end up with half a novel.
The total word count at the minute is 85,000 words so it's fine but I suspect I've got more cutting coming up. Let's hope it isn't too severe!
Before I started this draft I expected to hate Every Single Second of it as I did with the 2nd Draft of Book 1 but that hasn't happened (yet). And not because it hasn't been hard work. So far I've cut around 19,000 words (I really can write crap) but only lost 8,000 from the word count. I've had to add a prominent character, which means tinkering with the majority of scenes and I know I'm going to have to add quite a few new scenes very soon and completely change the ending.
But I'm enjoying it and actually look forward to starting a new chapter each evening - well, some evenings I'd rather relax in front of the telly (I'm not a saint) but once I've started I'm fine. I don't dread working on this draft and hope I don't in the next few weeks.