Well, overall, after 8 months, 2 drafts, 99,000 words, 320 gallons of iced tea, a new computer, and some crazy holiday weekends, I think I can say “I DID IT” about my Jan 1 deadline to complete Book 2!
On Jan 1, I was at 99,960 words (perfect word count for me), and had written an ending!
- Cut 2,000 from the first half.
- Write another 2,000 in the second half to bolster the black moment and make it more dramatic.
- Then do the fun “editing on the word level” stuff, like deleting words I use too often, changing up sentence rhythms where I got lazy, deleting all of my adverbs, tightening up dialogue, that kind of thing. That’s really my favorite part of editing.