This April, I decided to continue my edit/rewrite of The Book of Immortality. I had a goal of 20,000 words and I hit that on April 25th, then continued writing until April 29th. At this point, I reached the end of chapter 26, and decided that would be a good stopping point for the month. My final word count is 21,732.
I finished rewriting/editing 11 chapters. One of those chapters was started in March, while the other 10 were done entirely in April. From the first draft, one chapter was removed entirely, and two chapters were put together since they were both too short to begin with. This means that while the first draft had 41 chapters, this second draft now has 39 chapters.
The rewrite is now at 26/39 chapters. Finishing those last 13 chapters will probably take another month and a half. After that’s done, it’s time for the final rewrite!
Yes, this current (second) draft won’t be the final one. I’ve been using this draft to clean up the plot, make things clearer, and fix dialogue, but I still need to add a lot of description. I’ve been trying to do some of that in this second draft, but each chapter is still going to need some polish before I’ll be satisfied with them.
I’m going to post the third draft as a serial on this blog. I won’t wait until I’m finished editing the whole thing – I’m planning on posting one chapter per week as I do the final edits.
Finally, I’ll be able to have some writing up here!
I won on the 27th with 50,039 words. 33,074 of those words went to finishing the rewrite of The Book of Immortality, while the rest was spent on two other things.
The first thing was a story idea that I’d had bouncing around in my head for a few months. I got 16,000 words into it before I realized it wasn’t working and then shelved it. Maybe one day I can come back to it and work it into something worthwhile. At the moment, it’s still a half-formed idea that isn’t going anywhere.
The second thing is the rework of Samael, a novel I started writing in 2015. I’ve just started on this one, and I like it so much better! I feel like my heart’s actually in it. I’ve also been plotting it out in my head from time-to-time since 2015, so I’ve actually got an idea of what’s going to happen and how it’s going to end.
Overall, I wrote 53,826 words. Things seem pretty consistent when I look at my overall progress.
However, my daily word count proves this was not the case.
Everything was pretty consistent until the 15th, which is when I finished the rewrite of The Book of Immortality. Everything after that is quite the yo-yo.
I’m glad that the new NaNoWriMo site is giving me the ability to see my day-to-day word counts. It’s not something I keep track of graphically, so it’s interesting to see just how much things vary on a day-to-day basis.
After all that writing, I’m definitely going to spend December taking it easy.
Anyway, if you participated in NaNoWriMo, how did you do?