Locked in 43,000 words, I feel I have overwritten things for the Red Whale.
I know it’s said to finish the draft first before applying rewrites, but, it’s just not working for me. So I stopped writing forward and moved back a bit, all the way to the second chapter actually, and started making a few tiny fixes.
– Shortening chapters.
– Tightening sentences.
– Removed characters.
– Added new characters.
– Deleted entire chapters.
– Toned down the dark by two shades.
– Included new sub-stories for new characters.
– Deleted sub-story arcs. These were intended for future use.
– Picked up the pace.
With all of that I ended up with 38,000 words. I still feel there’s a lot to do here but for now I’m content and I’ll start working on new material.
In other news, spent an hour and a half playing “Super Mario Maker” and learned how to Shell Jump, P-Switch Jump, and Spring Jump. So far, Shell Jumps are the most difficult to do.