As mentioned in a previous post, there were several distractions during the holidays. But since Christmas, I focused on the manuscript and reached the end.
Along the way, I added about 8,000 words; that's about 12,000 fewer of my guestimate of 20,000 going in. At this point, I have a little over 68k.
For those new to this blog, the WIP is the fourth installment in my "John Ross Boomer Lit" series. John and Sally Ross have returned from Budapest and are having to deal with a new set of concerns at their Kentucky home.
Here's a simple quote from the great Stephen King about rewriting: "I cannot emphasize the importance of rewriting."
- I learned that the manuscript was going off the rails and needed to get back on track (pardon the cliche).
- I took notes and will be slicing and dicing in the third rewrite to make it coherent and focused.
- Even at 68k words, the manuscript is still bloated. I'll trim the fat, tighten the dialogue, and perhaps expand some of the narrative to gain a clearer vision.