Another solid day of editing for Selkie and a big hurdle passed. One of the characters didn’t act in character in the first draft, mainly because that plot element came out of no where when I was writing the book. Now I think I’ve got it handled…though my critters will be sure to tell me if I don’t ;).
The barrier I ran into today is nuance. I joked that nuance is for short stories and in novels you have the space to spell it out, but that truly is a joke in this case. I’m trying to keep a strict watch on word count. I know the novel count is growing, and it’s much more important to get it right than to keep the count down, but this puts me in the nasty position of using nuance to convey more in fewer words, and let me tell you, it’s a real pain. On the other hand, I still think I’m improving this story, and I still feel it’s one that deserves to be told.
In case you haven’t picked it up, I love this book. Not in a “this is perfect” way, but in a “I’ve got to get this right” way. And I plan to put in the elbow grease to make it something I’d be proud to see on the shelf.
Edited Today: 9,380 words
34 Chapters complete – 73% of the novel
15 Chapters remain
32,374 Remaining word count
86,495 Current Total
121,631 Predicted Total