Words/Time: 29 minutes removing “NaNo fodder” from my 2018 NaNoNovel.
It’s not as quick as it sounds. I have to find the areas where I’d marked words for deletion during NaNoWriMo, then figure out what words exactly need deleted. I didn’t just strike through everything I didn’t want to keep, because it takes longer. I put an end bracket to mark a spot and moved on. So now I have to figure out where the bad words start so I can delete them. This is probably a confusing explanation, but the point is, it’s a lot of searching and then some reading.
I worked on the same thing yesterday, and removed 1000 words. Today I removed 356, and I’m only on pg. 37 out of 134. I did this as an early revision step to my NaNoNovel in 2014, and it seemed to go a lot faster. Then again, I didn’t track my time, but I still got it done in 3 days. Though I only removed 4000 words, and I’ve already removed more than a quarter of that in 2 days. At this rate, it will take me over a week to finish, unless I have time to fit more work in some days.
With NaNo behind me, I want to move forward with revising other works. I have left my writing sit (outside of November) for far too long now. Here are my short-term goals:
1. Remove NaNo fodder from 2018 NaNoNovel, put scenes into Scrivener while I still remember my ideas
2. Make one obvious change to “Pithea” that is not actually a huge change for that book, but will affect future books a lot. Basically, a side character dies for no real reason, and I’ve realized that future books would be much better if he lived. So he’s going to not die, but because his death did allow a minor plot point to happen that still has to happen, I have to first brainstorm how to make that plot point happen anyway.
3. Revise “Pursuit of Power” just enough to be readable by a friend who is interested. I have hefty revisions planned for the structure of that book, but it will take a long time, and they won’t affect the overall story of this world, just what goes into that book. So before I dig into the major work that was part of my recent absence from writing, I want to just make it readable.
4. Even though I did declare “Pithea” finished a few years ago and sent it off to a couple of publishers, writing that I have done since then has led me to make some changes to it already. Changes like aging most of the characters up 3 years. I think that before I can move on to revising the next book, I need to make sure I don’t need to make changes to the first one. Plus, I think it’ll help me get back into the swing of things if the book that starts it all is fresh in my mind. It’s been so dusty lately.