Start: 40,655 words and 94 pages
End: 30,313 words and 74 pages
I cut down Book 1 of Spectra today, removing all the outliney description, author notes, and obsolete material from it (okay, so maybe 0.9% of it remains) while it lopped off 20 pages and 20k words (AAA!) it made it much clearer what scenes I need to write since their spots are no longer filled with synopsis paragraphs that camouflage as narrative.
And some of it spilled over into the second book.
I should specify: I cut down the copy of the Spectra 1 manuscript.
I have a thing about having copies. And I simply copied a bunch of notes into a new revision note document so I don’t lose track of ideas. Pretty much in order of the plot lines, so it should be fairly tidy. So there’s some nice redundancy and ways to stay on track.
Still it’s weird that this thing is down to 30k.
I keep telling myself it’s going to be a giant book, that this whole storyline will be many books, but I see numbers like this and I question the whole thing.
Except I got most of the way through and listed a bunch of empty scenes that needed to be written or majorly added to…And there were 24 of them, and I added more to the list.
So, once I write through all of those, I hope my story will finally take the shape of a respectable novel instead of being such a crazy draft.
I think that’s about it for now. I’ll probably start filling it in tomorrow AND I’ll start changing some of the outline headings within the manuscript to chapter headings! Whoa! (Pretty much don’t write with chapters labeled, instead I use detailed outline labels so I don’t lose my place and I know where to find specific parts of scenes and such.)
I suppose it might be fair to share an old snippet and a new snippet…
Sheyla’s parents discussing Plot Problems:
“It’s just… there’s always alien skirmishes… someday, Sheyla will be strong enough that they’ll see her…”
He put his hand on her shoulder.
“Sheyla is going to be fine, we’re going to stay where there is good security, we won’t have to give up our rights for it.”
Something I wrote the other day before copying the draft:
“Disengage,” a pilot commanded, “You are in restricted …spacespace… like airspace, but in space…Guys, what do I say here?”
And now you know why I had to cut a quarter of my words out of the story, because I talk to myself in the middle of the story all the time. But I gotta do it to figure things out! xD
(Also just hit me that I literally cut out a quarter of my manuscript. Wut.)