So far I've cut SOMETIMES A DRAGON by 50%. At that rate, I'll have about 35K words left. I'm thinking, I need at least 50K words for an online book.
I might be able to stretch it by 5K by being more verbose. I might be able to put maybe 5K back in.
But it probably still necessitates that I do some fresh writing. I have one idea--the "Lady" that the main villain is mooning over never really makes an appearance -- so I can add a past experience, and bring in some sort of conclusion toward the end.
But first, I'll get this draft down and see what it is. I often end up at a higher word count than I think I will. I'm thinking that I probably won't be cutting quite as much from here on...
I figure most of the cutting is in these first 100 pages. As usual, most of the structural problems are toward the beginning.
Linda did a lot of cutting in the first 50 pages when she did a rewrite. I thought she cut through the Gordian Knot pretty well, so I followed her blueprint. If I do say so myself, I think it takes a certain maturity to be able to let go of up to half of my precious words.
I'm really liking it so far -- I'm in that Honeymoon phase that seems to be a necessity while you're actively writing. The time for doubts is when you're done.
I'm Duncan McGeary, owner and/or operator for the last 33 years of Pegasus Books in Downtown Bend, Oregon. These days I'm writing books as well as selling them.
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