November 27th, 2006

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Writing progress

Story Title: A Necessary Evil (aka The One About the War)
Words now in Chapter 4: 5525
Words total: 23,422
Reason for stopping: End of scene. Need to eat a bit of lunch then I have 10 more stories to crit for the students on the fiction writing course. Not to mention ECDL tests to mark.

I glanced through the early chapters and added some notes re the crits just received from zeborahnz and SAMK. I was good, however, I didn't start rewriting and only tweaked a couple of sentences in passing.

I then looked at Chapter 4, discovered that it contained only about 1,000 words, almost all of which needed to be cut. Therefore I moved a few paragraphs into Chapter 5 before renaming Chapters 5 through 12 to reflect the disappearance of the old Chapter 4.

Finally I could settle down and revise the first scene of Chapter 4. The pacing is much better this time. Mark and Huw are about to meet the prince near the beginning of Chapter 4 and not near the end of Chapter 6. Much flab has been cut. A few darlings rescued, the rest, sadly, murdered. Except that most of the prose wasn't really as darling as I thought when I wrote it. *g*

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
23,422 / 105,400

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I seem to have a fondness for scenes set in libraries. *g*