So. I’m happily going along, revising SB, reviewing all the feedback I’ve received, when I notice a circle on the word count on a draft. Then a note about word count on another draft. And then, my brain remembers a conversation from one of our peer critique sessions, when a friend remarked that I should check the word count on YA novels. I did that, and yup. I’m about 20,000 words short. 🤦🏻♀️ When I first completed this story, it was close to 28,000 words longer. I didn’t realize in all the shape-shifting the manuscript has done, that it’d lost that much during the process.
But, that’s OK, because there are half a dozen chapters in the last two acts of the story that need to be split into two separate chapters, and then added to. There are also some back-fill details that should be added to the first act, which could be accomplished in one, but probably will best be accomplished in two additional chapters. A couple of chapters need to be filled in because they are more like place holders, and then the ending needs to be filled out more. Writing 20,000 words sounds like a good way to spend the rest of summer. 😬 I’m going to add those 20,000 words while revising (not necessarily editing) the manuscript. I want it completely done by September 1st. SB’s current word count is 37,924 words. I’d also like to finish outlining SoS by September 1st and potentially write a complete first draft of that manuscript during the month of September before getting ready for NaNoWriMo.
What are you working on right now? What’s keeping you motivated lately?