Wednesday, 27 August 2014

I'm Editing!!


(That was the sound of the Champagne cork letting fly)

That's about as far as that goes as I can't stand the fizzy white stuff, it can just bubble about and go flat! Besides that, the sentiment is there. I finished my first draft yesterday afternoon, during the very wet British bank holiday.

I've ended up with 81,500 glorious words (glorious, maybe?). I've now got the pleasure of my first edit to whittle the word could down to between 70,000 and 75,000. I've also got to make sure the story makes sense, as I think I mentioned before that there was a change of direction, which I think I covered up successfully, but need to re-read it to make sure. There's also the issue of continuity, I have a feeling there will be bits that make no sense.

That's what first edits are for ... right?  I can't remember where I read this quote, I think it might have been Terry Pratchett:
"The first draft is just you telling yourself the story"
Hmmm, I hope I like reading it!

Final Word Count Going Up

This will be the last word count chart with the numbers increasing, the next ones will have fewer words and negative Word Change values.

I printed out the first draft at work (thanks to my boss for letting me use the office printer!). So now I can sit and read it, edit it, throw it in the bin etc.

(Yes the subtitle is covered over for a more dramatic reveal later)