Finally–I’ve moved onto the final drafting part of my novel. I’ve been in Excel for a year because it organizes my thoughts without
crimping my creativity. I use its columns to tell my which character is up, which scene I’m in, time of day/month/etc. That way I don’t lose track when my character is dressing or eating. I always know their temporal and physical location. If I need to find a character’s last scene, it’s a simple process of scrolling back in the ‘character’ column.
True, I stretched the limits of Excel’s cell contents (well, 2003 anyway. 2007 seems to have none), but that was a minor inconvenience.
A week ago, I transferred the entire bloated monstrosity to Word–178,390 words. OMG. Time to shed a few pounds, but Word is better for that than Excel. Already, I’m down to 138,341 and all I’ve done is cut the obvious fat. Wait’ll I really get into it. Which I can’t do while I’m just back to teaching. I’ll have to wait for Thanksgiving vacation, when I have a week to really dig into the verbosity.
I turned the first chapter into my writer’s group, after much rewriting and worry, hoping that they wouldn’t mangle it too much. What was their most prominent comment? It read like Chapter 2. I needed an action scene in front. They have no idea I’m supposed to be cutting not adding.
Unfortunately, without too much introspection, I agree with them. I’m off Wednesday (have to take my husband to the hospital for ‘minor’ surgery). Maybe I can whip out an extra chapter if I work at it for twelve hours. Assuming Husband doesn’t need much hand-holding.e’ll see. I’ll let you know.