My mother is visiting this week - got in Saturday morning - so my word count is not what it might be. I am squeezing in brief writing spurts in between socializing and my regular daily routine. We've been cooking a lot - see my other blog if you're really curious. (Three words for you: homemade ice cream.) We're watching TV and playing chattery commentators. My dog is over the moon with the attention.
However, it was a good week in that I finished my draft of "Who Wants To Be A Hero?" (Hmm ... is the question mark part of the title? I've been writing it without ...) Sometimes I think my most marked improvement over the past few years is that I need more editing: Scylla and Charybdis looks to need tons (and tons of cutting, for sure), and this book is similarly going to need a lot of hammering to get it into shape. Sadly, I will be going back and looking for more opportunities for humor. Sometimes, I just had to let the comedy slide and drive on to the point. The fact that I was trying to contain the humor within a believable, sympathetic framework sometimes hampered me. However, once you get to know the characters, the cross-character banter is (I think!) fantastic.
Editing starts this week. I have tentatively figured I will do three chapters a week for this particular draft. This is the draft where I am translating my handwritten notes from the printed manuscript into the book. If it turns out to be to fast to get decent work in, I will revise / rethink. However, that gives me fifteen weeks for the manuscript, or 3 - 4 months. Hmm. Maybe too slow, considering we're talking about one pass-through. Again, we'll see.
Word count for 3/3 - 3/9: 7,755