Words revised today: 4737
Words now in Chapter 3: 4555
Percentage reduction: 4%
Words total: 64,816
Reason for stopping: End of chapter. Need to get some exercise.
This has been a pig of a chapter. Not in the revising what happens sense, but in trying to breathe some life into the dull prose. It's probably still not there, but it'll do for now.
Also I have put the main events on the Browne Circular Diagram, which at last gives me an overall feel for the shape of the novel. My main problem with getting a firm grip on this story was that in the very very original version, Mark was the Long Lost Heir and the big battle was the finale. In this version, Mark is no one in particular, the big battle has been shifted to the middle and he becomes ruler by staging a military coup. It's made the story feel weirdly unbalanced in my mind, but now I see it organised on the diagram, it does make more sense than I thought it would.
Which is good!
The next interesting task will be to sort out the existing 13 chapters, which are full of words but somehow haven't yet reached the exciting event that's diagrammed to happen in Chapter 6.
Hmmmm.... A lot of condensing ahead, methinks.