In this corner, the writer, still reeling from the last two rounds of bloody edits and fighting through sticky fight scenes, but determined. In the opposite corner, fans, the second draft of Seeds of Blood, coming in at a whopping 119K words….
Yeah, I had to look at that number twice myself. Chasing the characters through two weeks of havoc just takes a lot more wordcount than following 24 hectic hours. Go figure.
The last two rounds of edits were to cut unneeded words, try to clarify phrasing, and fix up Problem Spots in the Draft. I think I have all the big Problems fixed now, meaning in this round I want to cut words that look unneeded now, clarify imagery, and work in stuff to foreshadow all the Chekhovs that go off in the big final fight. I currently anticipate needing to do 3 more full drafts, then it’s format and get cover time.
Five pages and 50 words, down!
…Now I just need to keep this up through the rest of the 227 pages. In 10-point. Meep.