Just dropping in for another update:
I had a rough ten days or so with dental agony (mostly due to a reluctance to go to the dentist…) and that but a serious dent in my productivity. My college assignments took longer than expected and in turn, my editing got pushed aside.
Eventually I manned up (i.e. I was in so much pain for so many days in a row that I couldn’t stand it any more) and went to the dentist. I got a tooth removed and have to make a few appointments in the new year to fix the rest of my face. But the great bit about it is my pain has gone away and now I’m back writing.
As a result of this sidetrack, I won’t be getting the draft finished before Christmas. However, today I passed the halfway mark and after finishing today’s chapter, I’ve edited a little over 43,000 words of the 80,000 word draft. Depending on how I feel tomorrow, I’ll be pushing by the 45,000 and who knows, maybe push hard for 50,000.
My girlfriend is staying over for the weekend and it’ll be the only time possibly that I see her between now and the new year, so it’ll be a two day hiatus from editing. I’ll have Monday night, all of Tuesday and (maybe) some of Christmas Eve to do more. All in all, I should get in a comfy position to finish it shortly after Christmas day. Although, seeing as I’m totally hooked on this novel and Christmas afternoon tends to be quiet enough, I might even pick up the pencil on the 25th…
I’m really liking how it’s all coming together and recently I gutted three chapters entirely, which removed a meaningless subplot. It’s made for some readjusting with later chapters and this can be a bit tedious, but it’s liberating (and at the time terrifying) to make such a drastic change to the manuscript. Still, it’s all the better for it!
I’m still hoping to have a third run at it finished by the time I return to college on the 19th. That’ll be when I read the edited version from start to finish and see where holes need fixing and where there’s logical inconsistencies. Really looking forward to that bit.
To anyone reading this, Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year too!
I intend to write a post on the 26th about how much I’ve read in the past year, as I did a post last year on the 26th to challenge myself. Apart from that, expected the next post between Christmas and early January to inform you of the completed second draft and its word count. As it stands, I’ve cut about 11,000 words.