This book won’t stop getting longer. I swear, I’m starting to think I was simply writing too quickly to get all the words in. Stupid brain and fingers that clearly don’t work fast enough. Devan and his impatience too. I’m now into editing Chapter 5 of Where The Ether Flows, and so far have added approximately 5,000 words so far. At this rate, I just might break that 100k mark on this book as I’d originally believed. I guess I just didn’t get it all in there on the first round. I’m really not trying to make it longer. I’m not padding it at all. I’m just fixing things and adding to places where I didn’t do enough characterizing or treat something with enough importance. That’s all. And yet it grows…
All that said, I’m really happy with how it’s shaping up, which is good, because the amount of editing I’ve had to do was a wee bit discouraging at first. I have to keep reminding myself that this is like sculpting and I’m just smoothing in the shape I was originally going for, as well as fixing what I screwed up. Except with writing, it’s easier, because you can add more scenes if you need to. Marble doesn’t grow back so you can sculpt it again but differently this time. 🙂 Except maybe in my imagination. Oh, maybe there’s a story in that.
In other news, I’ve been playing an old favourite game, Final Fantasy 9, in order to give my brain little breaks so it doesn’t overheat while I’m editing. The joy of editing is that I don’t feel the need to do it at break-neck speed unless I have a major deadline (see the end of May, with June Camp NaNo looming over me), unlike writing, where I have to write fast or my inner editor catches me and kills the book. Trust me, she’s got experience at that, but apparently can’t run 2k words a day. Thankfully, I can write that fast, or I’d be out of business.
Yes, I’m a little wired this morning. No, I don’t know why. Honest, I only had my one usual coffee and no, I didn’t make it extra strong. I think it’s the whole long weekend, 4 straight days of full time writing thing that’s causing this. In my mind, it bodes well if I ever manage to do well enough with this to write full time all of the time. 🙂
Okay, back into the word trenches. Happy Canada Day, everyone.