October 25th, 2007


progress report

Net gain in wordcount yesterday was 2310 words. The material is fine; I am curious to see if any of it will show up in the revision letter, or need more line edits than other stuff, because I wrote so much faster.

Since I decided it was far too late to add a whole new subplot, I'm searching out places that were narrated rather than shown, and putting in scenes. The reason I didn't have scenes in some of those places was pov; for example, pov character in the chapter concerned couldn't have seen certain events with two others characters, so I just didn't write what happened to them. I've wriggled around that by having two flashbacks in two of the weaker chapters that are from the correct povs, and hopefully provide more character depth and, in one case, a substitute for a sex scene we're mostly not seeing. I'm not a big fan of flashbacks, so I guess it's time to learned how to do them. The only other one in the manuscript before this was a chapter on its own, so transitions were less of a problem.

Sang more Brahms last night, and Palestrina. Palestrina is very soothing to sing. My favorite Renaissance composer is still Josquin Des Prez (no, not Dead Prez, they're good too, but different!), but Palestrina is up there among my favorites, and just right sometimes.

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progress report

1532 was my daytime wordcount. I made a spreadsheet to keep track, as I'm adding to two different files, the compiled one (chapters 1-21) and chapter 22. It looks like there will need to be a chapter 23. To reach 90K, I need another 53 pages or so, just over 13K words. That's almost nine pages a day. We shall see how this goes. It doesn't need to be exact, just respectable.

Today, I added in a few tiny things to add character consistency, slipped in a few paragraphs of description that, I hope, also contributed to character development and/or worldbuilding, and figured out a way to show that even if a major character seems inactive now, it's because she's reacting to things that happened to her; before those things happened, she did more things.

I have gained writing time by sacrificing the close edits I usually give. The manuscript is going straight to an editor, so I will have to trust her to catch egregious stupidity.