Welcome to this week’s Weekly Writing Wrap-up, and boy has it been one long week. So, for the last two week’s I haven’t posted a craft post to get the 2nd draft of Seeing Through the Veil completed. Well, those two posts are coming this week as well as the one on Friday. Yes, ladies and gentleman Draft 2 of Seeing Through the Veil is done! Before we get to that, let me break down the two craft posts. I was going to post one today, but I am just getting to this wrap-up now. The first post will be tomorrow and the second one on Wednesday. As always our regular post on Friday. Now, let’s get to the heart of the big story this week, my raging toothache on Friday that almost prevented me from completing my draft.
Oh, you thought I was going to go right into completing draft 2. Wrong! The reason why I am talking about my tooth is because on Friday I still had roughly 15 scenes to write and was not going to get any writing done on that day. That left Saturday and just how I am I decided not to write, mostly because I was trying to figure out my tooth. It was better especially after getting Orajel. Yet, I was still distracted by it. Thankfully, Sunday, my tooth was fine and I was able to write.
Speaking of writing Sunday, I wrote over 11k. Yes, over eleven thousand words in one day. The funny part about that is, I got a late start. Once again I got distracted and to be honest, I was sure I wasn’t going to get the draft done. When I started to write I shot through many scenes that I thought would be troubling. The first scene of the day I took two days off to reflect on it. It helped. The rest came along. After getting the big climatic battle over with, I looked at my scene’s list and saw how many scenes I had left, especially in my last section (now the epilogue) and fit three scenes (chapters) into one. I removed a few scenes that I thought are nice, but seem to be a little weak.
Two scenes cut do not sort of flashbacks in the epilogue. Also, the Epilogue is better and really brings things together. I will need to tighten it up when I go through the last half and complete draft 2.1 in a few months. I need a long break from Seeing Through the Veil and I am going to take it with Forbidden Realm. I’ll get to that in a few moments.
The big question is, what is my final word count for the draft? Well, my first draft the word count was 179,299. I said I needed to cut roughly 90,000 words by the final draft. My word count goal for the book is around 85k. That means I needed to quiet a few words in this draft. Well, thanks to the restructuring the story I did back in July, I did just that. I am going to give you two different word counts. The first will be what I have as of yesterday and then I will give you the actual word count for draft 2. Remember The first half is not part of 2.1. I know, I am making this confusing right. My response to that is… IT’S WHAT I DO!
Okay my total words with draft 2.1 in the beginning and draft 2 at the end, is? Drum roll, please… Oh wait, this is text. Okay (Drum Roll!) 117,211. Between the two drafts, I cut out 62,088 words. Now, the total word count for draft 2 is…149,022. (Cue disappointed sound effect). When I add the word count I had at the time I decide to revise and start 2.1 which was 78,163 with the 70,850 I get a total of 149,022. That means I only cut out a total of 30,277 words total in draft two. Not very good when I want to cut ou 90k by the final draft.
I don’t mean this to be my statics post, but I have a few more numbers. My current word count for draft 2.1 is 45,980. Compared this to the 78,163 of the draft 2, I cut out 32,183 in the first part of draft 2.1. If I can find a way to cut even a third (which is 10,728) I will be happy. Though, to get it down to a 100k, I would need to add 6483 words to do that. That means I need to cut more than a third of words from the second half of 2.1 when I go through it. Not too bad and I am sure I will easily do that. To get to 85k, I need to cut 31850 words from the second half. Not going to happen. If I get the second half of draft 2.1 to 100,000 words. I will need to cut just 15,000 more words from the whole manuscript to do that. Not sure if that I will be able to. Maybe with a good editor, I can. Time will tell.
Sorry for all those numbers, but I do love my stats. Moving, Now that I am done with draft 2 of Seeing Through the Veil, I can finally go back to book one of Forbidden Realm. Yep, that book is burning to be finished. I had so much fun writing and I am excited to start. However, I am not doing that for at least two more days. I need a break. Let the veil work its way out of my mind and prepare for the new world and magic systems and story. I would like to start by the end of the week, but I may take the whole week. Depends on how I am feeling.
Moving to Development, the Multiverse is going well. However, I seem to come to a crossroads. A, keep some cool ideas I came up with before I went through and re-read the old history of the multiverse and really liked that or try to find a way to use what I came up with in the frame of the old history. I like both options, but I am just not sure. I was going to actually sit down and work on the god side of the multiverse when my tooth started to hurt on Friday.
Clearly, my old history needs to be updated, but I feel like it is the perfect structure for the creation myth. By updating it I can come with some cool ideas on what really happened and how the myth came about. Now that I have some free time this week I will probably play around with this. Though, I am starting to think I may need to start working on the actual story and finding all the key players. Find out what each one wants and how things I have already come up with, but not locked, in work. This may help flesh out things for the god side. I will see how the development goes on the myth and what new ideas come from that. Depending on how that goes I will see what the next step is.
Lastly, I have recently had a desire to work on my Long Live story. It is the only stand-alone novel I have. Everything else is a series. With finishing the 2nd draft of Seeing Through the Veil, and now moving on to Pyre book one of Forbidden Realm. I am looking at what I will write after that. Clearly going through the last half of Seeing Through the Veil to complete draft 2.1 That shouldn’t take that long. That leaves me with a few options. Either book to of the veil series, book two of Forbidden Realm, or something else. I know my goal is to develop The Gathering after I finish developing the Multiverse, but that is another series. What if I took a few weeks and developed Long Live, got the outline completed and scene list and had one more book ready to write.
This is now way me saying that is what I am going to do, but it is an option. I do know in the next few weeks, maybe after I complete draft 2.1. I am going to start updating book 2 in the veil trilogy. Many things have changed and it will need to be updated. That doesn’t mean I will write it this year, just keeping things fresh now, so I have less work when the time comes to write that book. It will be an interesting thought. We shall see.
That’s all I got today. Check back tomorrow for the first of three craft posts in the Military and Law Enforcement sub-series. The topic is Military (& Police) Ranks.