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.
I really don’t feel accomplished this week as far as writing goes. There was just too much going on. Soccer season is winding down, but Dog Training is starting, and my two youngest sons signed up for Wrestling…. There goes three hours on Tuesday, Three hours on Thursday, and an hour and a half on Wednesdays. Saturdays are still shot with Soccer until Thanksgiving, and my oldest might be showing Chloe in a dog show in January, too, which means Show Training on top of basics. Ugh.
I really want to finish HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT by the end of the year, but unless I take off from work to do it (which I might—I have the time) I’m not sure I will make it.
What I did get done, though, is decent… I just didn’t get to it all.
I went to the NJ Writers Q & A. Check out my Blog post for Wednesday if you want to hear about it. That was GREAT. I was also pleased that a few of the authors stopped by my blog and posted. I also got a few personal emails from them. Very nice.
I cut 1,687 words from my novel, and noted another 4,372 that I can cut – some inspired by my talks with the authors on Tuesday, and their emails afterwards.
For those of you who have done a beta-read… the scenes being cut are the two scenes in Harris’s mother’s POV (Mommy meltdowns). Matt meeting the mercenary, and the whole cutting his hair scene (he will have short hair from the beginning, now) and Harris talking to Daniel Hyelven after he hurts the girl in the alley. I am on page 300, so there are 100 pages to go in this sweep. This will get me down to 113,000, but I might add words when I re-write a chapter that started with a conversation about Matt’s hair. (That sounds really silly taken out of context.)
I did not start that beta read I have been sitting on (sorry again, “J”)
I did not exercise – unless you want to count Trick or Treating, which was an hour of walking
I did not keep to my blog schedule
I’m not sure if I am going to be able to keep posting ROW 80 twice a week.
It think it’s too much, and detracts from the point of my blog. I don’t think a Wednesday check-in is really all that helpful for me. So… Sundays I will give my results, and my goals for the next week. This way, I can get back on my twice a week blog schedule, plus a Sunday ROW80, and I won’t be under as much pressure.
1. Two regular blog posts (a Manuscript Red-line post, and maybe a writer’s advice post from the Q&A session)
2. Cut 4,372 words from my novel
3. Insert the new “Stuck in a Closet” beginning (which I just remembered has more words than the current beginning. UGH!)
4. Decide whether or not to cut the scene where Magellan gets
tutored by the King.