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Archive for November 13th, 2007

Progress Report, in which I get better acquainted

OK, so it got a little easier last week.

It took me a while to figure out a meaningful way to keep track of my progress on the Petra rewrite.  Word count is kinda meaningless at this stage, unless I’m writing a new scene.  So I’m going by page count instead.

I figure that in order to finish the rewrite by the end of the year, I need to get through 50 pages of manuscript per week.  Roughly.  The novel’s total page count is, of course, in flux, so this is a moving target.  But I did manage to get through fifty pages last week.  It was dicey for a while there, but I hit a patch of relatively smooth going, after having wrangled the opening into a semblance of something interesting. 

I’ve noticed that much of the novel is still foreign to me.  That is, when I begin a new chapter or even a new scene, I find myself needing to skim through it first, just so I can remember what actually happens in that part of the book.  That’s a little weird.  With my first two novels, I got so intimately familiar with every part of them that I could very quickly locate any bit I needed.  Of course, this novel was written quickly, and has only been complete since May.  And I ignored it for a couple of months after that.  So it and I haven’t really had a whole lot of time to get acquainted.  But that’s changing.

I hope it likes me.  And vice versa.

Write Club update:  BFOD from Realms of Fantasy, for “The Woman Who Hated Halloween.”  Response time, about three weeks.

Onward . . .