Writing in Public: Day 05, Month 02

If every day could be like today…  Well, we could still do better, but it would be much more amazing than some of my days have been of late.

“UnCivic Engineering” is done.  The rough draft and the first revised rewrite, anyway.  I put another 2,700 words in on the rough draft and came up with a total rough draft of around 4,200 words (Approximate.  I typically write rough drafts by hand).  The first revised rewrite was written in the afternoon from about 1:30 to 5:30, and it came out to around 5,063 words.  That’s even longer than the rough draft was, but I know why.  Even though both versions contained the same number of scenes, in the rough draft I was just dropping the characters into each scene without any kind of transition.  One scene they’re running for their lives, the next they’re up on a roof wondering what to do, the next they’re on a different roof.  This time the scenes flowed into one another.  I think the added transitions are an improvement to the overall flow of the story, but a lot can still be cut out.  That’s what tomorrow afternoon will be dedicated to.  I want to go through the story scene by scene, then paragraph by paragraph, then line by line.  The fat needs to be trimmed out and anything humorous needs to be maximized.

I’m pleased with the results for what they are, though.  A rough draft that needed to be rewritten, and a rewrite that will need a bit of revising.

Ok, on to today’s numbers:

  • Nonfiction: 586
  • Planning and outlining: 000
  • Short Fiction: 7,763
  • Novel Fiction: 000
  • Salable words: 000

Total Fiction for Month: 9,263

Total Salable for Month: 000

Total Fiction for Challenge Year: 59,486

Total Salable for Challenge Year: 10,944

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