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Blog updates [Nov. 4th, 2009|09:50 am]
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Couple of new posts on the Paksworld blog, about some details of the revision process.   With one exception (something I left unchanged because I need to get to the end before deciding exactly how to handle it)  I'm within 100 pages of the end of the main levels of revision.    

And then this puppy can go off to agent and editor and I can concentrate on getting the next one well underway before their comments come back. 


[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-11-05 02:53 am (UTC)
I'm not sure what the pre-revision was, because I didn't keep a record back in June and July when I started. To be honest, I don't pay attention to word count at many points of the process because I know it will change--in structural stages of revision, in particular, scenes come and go, bloat and shrink, every time I look at them. At some point in September, I think I remember it was something like 172,000 or 170,200 (there was a 2 in there somewhere.) Now Word says it's 167,726, which is a little smaller than book one. My goal was "under 170,000" by however little.
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[User Picture]From: blitheringpooks
2009-11-05 03:40 am (UTC)
I've always been one to keep score. Back in the day, it was always by page count. But these days it's word count. It motivates me.

Congrats on meeting your goal!
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-11-05 04:16 am (UTC)
Ah. Well, I keep score to some degree while first-drafting. Once the book is loping along, it's supposed to give me 2000 words/day, five days a week, or I get out the blacksnake whip and make it pop. However, it doesn't start with any particular length limit (this is how I ended up 50,000 words ahead on book two, having plowed past the ending...) I know, roughly, that the military SF/space operas (whichever you consider them) need to be in the range of 120,000-130,000 to feel right. At 110-120, they're thin in places. I know that the Paksworld fantasies are much bigger. They were from the beginning.

When the first of this group came in at the low 180s, I was gently asked if perhaps we could get it down some. I expected that the recession would've put in tighter limits, and was ready for it. But getting that first book under 170 came down in the end to peeling out individual words. With that in mind (and even anticipating it by the time I was working on #2), I put a mental corset on this one, and was delighted when, on the trip east, it kept showing up right about 170 or a little less.

My concern now is that there may be thin places in it--places that lack the depth of the rest. But someone else will have to see that, because I'm at the point where I can't.
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