3/25/2021

Over the last few weeks, I've written 22,677 new words before including anything from the last version of the book despite the fact that I was calling this a revision not another do-over.

How did this happen? Well... I started with a new opening scene that introduced new roles for two of my leads and a new subplot that all three will be involved in. So the opening chapter was something that hadn't been in the previous version. It led directly to the second chapter, which was also completely new. At this point, I wanted to introduce our third lead, which meant a completely new scene/chapter with him.

I now went back to the first two characters, covering stuff that had mostly been in the last version but presented differently enough that just ignoring what I had and doing it over made more sense. That brought me to the end of Chapter Five.

While writing the new third chapter, I accidentally replaced a character. This is a good thing as the anti-fae group will be both more plausible and more mysterious now, but it meant a new chapter popped up. The chapter fleshes out some stuff that either wasn't covered but should have been in the last version or which was explained but later, so some of that adds words to the final word count while others will just be replacements, but none of it could be lifted from what came before.

Today I worked on chapter seven. The first scene of it was actually in the original, but was different enough that I ignored the first version and wrote a new scene. But the second half of the chapter? It was the second half of the original Chapter Four! And the next two chapters should also just be edits rather than completely new. Huzzah! (I can't really explain why I'm sorry excited about this, but I am. Perhaps because I am growing fatigued?)

Am I worried about the fact that it's taken me seven chapters to get to where I was after four previously? Eh. Yes and no. I'm concerned there hasn't been enough interaction between the characters so readers might think I'm taking too long to get to the point, but I think it's alright as I believe I'm setting up interesting things, and also that it's obvious the characters are connected. Also, as I said earlier, some of the extra material will result in cuts from later so it doesn't necessarily mean the book will be nearly twice as long. In fact, it really shouldn't mean that as the new subplot is half over already and I haven't gotten to the one I'm cutting yet.

After the next sequence, I have a chapter that I don't know works anymore but which might be lifted content tweaked, although I may also come up with something new. Then there's a chapter that's half something from near the end of the old book and half something new. And then I will have to go back to completely new content as the subplot introduced in the new first chapter will be coming back into play. That's going to be three chapters or so before returning to previously presented material.

Clearly, I have an outline for the next chunk of novel. I'm less certain what happens then. The replaced character is going to lead to several chapters being completely rewritten, but I think most of the original will edited more than rewritten in the second half of the book. Still working out a couple of, "wait, why did that happen?" things that might change that, though.

All in all, the month is productive, though progress has been both slower and more painful than I might have hoped. I hope this will continue and I'll have something I can share with betas in a month or two.

3/6/2021


I wrote the roughs of the closing chapters of the work in progress today. The entire project is currently at 89,326 words.

It doesn't really feel like anything's ended though. Starting tomorrow (or possibly this afternoon if I don't manage to shut my brain down) I'm launching straight into a big enough rewrite to make what I currently have not seem like something completed. This isn't a situation where I'm going to be like, "Let me smooth this out and get beta feedback on what big things are broken." This is, "I'm missing major parts of the story and am going to go add them now." (Betas aren't even really an option since I went the way of pretending I'd made a major change 3/4 of the way through, so the ending would really just confuse them.) So it sort of makes sense that I feel like I'm still in the middle of things. Still, I'm going to insist I recognize this as the first draft of the reboot and that I think of what starts next as the second draft.

I'm trying to decide if I should make a completely new outline or just work adding scenes between what I have. I think maybe the latter makes more sense. Many of the additions are going to be entire new chapters, some replacing old chapters and others just adding to the length of things, but many of the other changes are going to be a paragraph here and a line there type of deals. I think. It's highly possible that once I start changing things the effects are going to cascade and I seriously will need more structure going forward. I guess we'll see.

I also want to make some decisions about wording. Specifically, I want to decide for sure what these people call themselves. I've been calling them fairies since Day One, later adding that the main characters are of the fairy subset elves. But I'm increasingly thinking that's probably not what they call themselves. I've been saying that they are from Faereen and with the rules of Sakahee (the language spoken by these particular people) that would make them Faeree. (Singular the same as plural.) This is feeling a little convoluted though. The humans in the story will still refer to fairies, and also to demons as they're not sure those things are different, but I can't see why the native word, which is surely just one of several on their world as there are many languages spoken there, should have anything to do with the word in English.

I do feel that I've accomplished a lot. I just don't feel like I'm done. I really am going to try to chill for the rest of the day, though.