Well, I’m on page 208 of my latest edit for Under the Darkened Moon. A lot of words got taken out in the first 100 pages, 3,508 in total. But in the second 100 pages, 1,000 words have been added to help out the story. I was trying to see if I could drop the word count from 150,000 down to around 140,000. Doesn’t seem likely at this point, but who knows. Maybe I can hit 145,000. I’m not going to force it. The story is as long as the story is.
After this edit I am planning on having live read sessions and edits. My wife will read the story exactly as written and I will listen to see how it flows. We’ll be doing one chapter a night to keep from getting burned out on the reading/editing process. Once that edit is done, I am going to find six people to read and critique the latest draft before beginning the submission process.
This is now, officially, my 1oth edit of Under the Darkened Moon, my debut writing project which I started on July 18th, of last year. The live read edit will be my 11th and, hopefully, completed by the end sometime around the 1 year anniversary of my attempt at writing a novel to be published. Lots of hours put in so far and hopefully it will pay off. I’ve been keeping track and so far the project has consumed right around 1,550 hours.
Well, back to editing.