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Editing is not for wimps

Spent today making the first series of edits to the chapter breakdowns. I think they're still too long, but I'm going to keep this set as the rough outline for the book. I think with some more judicious cuts and some more tightening, I can knock another 500 words out of the current breakdown (now sitting at 3,300+ words).

Still, the publisher wants one or two paragraphs per chapter, so I don't want to get it too sparse either.


Tomorrow, I will start the first chapter (or the first 1500 words of the first chapter. As it stands, I'm proposing 20 chapters and an epilogue. That means each chapter will average 4,300 words. There's no way to write the entire first chapter for this book in only 1500 words, but I can write the first scene in 1500 words.

(rubs hands together) I love it when a plan comes together.

Now, where did I leave the "Red Pen of Doom"?


( 1 howl — Howl with the Pack )
Oct. 25th, 2007 12:54 pm (UTC)
You are so right about editing not being for wimps.

I know so many people that have been discouraged enough by it to give up.

I love watching the real story emerge and evolve in edits, though, or shine like a jewel when editing is done.

Best of luck with your edits.
( 1 howl — Howl with the Pack )

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