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-30-, part deux

Well, it's done.

The first major rewrite of Harbinger goes into the notebook tonight as the pages print behind me. It came out a little heavy in the end, (112K), but still damn near svelte compared to the 157K it finished at last New Year's eve. So, we've trimmed 45K off the story, deleted one major subplot and added back in a different subplot, defeated the bad guys, saved the prince and got our heroine into a mess of trouble along the way.

I cut Chapter 27 from nearly 5200 words down to 3995 and Chapter 28 went from nearly 6000 words to 4202. I know there's more that can be cut here and in the earlier chapters, but my brain hurts right now. I'm certain there are better ways to say stuff, but I'm more worried I'll start cutting into the muscle, not the fat if I do any more work tonight.

I'm going to take the weekend off from writing and start the redlining on Monday. I'm thinking movie, some good scotch and some quality family time is definitely in order. (Provided I survive the daughter-unit's sleepover tonight. I foresee a lot of giggling and talking going on down the hall from my room before they wind down.)

Got some good ideas/feedback from terri_osborne on a potential project. This is where having a good editor or a good beta comes in handy. "Rich, I like the idea, but can you explain this . . .?" Sometimes, you just need to step back and see it through someone else's eyes to help you tighten up a logic gap in a story proposal or an entire novel.

Someday, I'll have to tell you the Phil Foglio story about my first comic.

But not tonight.

Now, it's time for bed.

Still, it feels damn good to have this rewrite done. Now, it's not a rewrite, it's simply editing. Much easier . . .

Current Harbinger rewrite status:
Zokutou word meter
112,652 / 110,000


( 1 howl — Howl with the Pack )
Jul. 22nd, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's some impressive editing!

( 1 howl — Howl with the Pack )

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