For the first time, I can actually say I completed ALL MY GOALS for this week… probably because I only gave myself one really nasty one… just to make sure I did it.
#1: I finished the ever-elusive “Matt” scene. This is one of those “big bang” scenes that really needs to work and read well. It was originally too long – almost 7,000 words. Now it is trim and lean and cut to 850 words. I took out all the detail that everyone was finding confusing, and went just for the action. I think it works much better.
#2: I wanted to put a big dent in Jennifer Hubbard’s THE SECRET YEAR. I am happy to say that I finished it. I am trying to decide if I should do some kind of review on it or not… especially since it is the first book that I’ve actually managed to read cover to cover and not start something else in a long time. Thinking about it.
I’m going to leave it simple again this week, maily because I am so derned close to being done with my novel, and also, I own a toy store, and you can guess how busy my weekend was.
So, here it goes…
1. Do one final read for flow and readability.
2. Save the final draft as a “definitive vision” (Maybe even get a copy printed for myself)
3: Go back and edit another 4,000 words (The part about Matt cutting his hair) — it’s not as stupid as it sounds, really it’s not. I love this scene!
At the moment, I am down to 110,000 words. I had a soft goal to get it down to 100,000. After the edit above, I expect to be around 106,000 which is pretty close. Can I cut 6,000? Maybe, but I’m not sure I want to. The “Matt’s Hair” scene is the last part in the novel that doesn’t directly push the plot forward. I think if I cut anything else, it will definitely be lacking.
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