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13 August 2009 @ 10:20 am
My revision, let me show you it.  
Now that the novella's out of the way, and I've had a day or two to recover from the insane schedule I maintained to finish it, it's back to Nemesis revisions.

Right before I started to novella, I finished the first "section" I'd had as a goal on Nemesis - namely, the first five chapters, which had required a total and complete rewrite. 17,000 words in total.

(Ironically, the novella was 25,000 words, and took me only two weeks to complete. Those five chapters? Took a couple three months. But I had a lot of deciding what i wanted to change going on, and then research to back up the changes I decided on.)

But, now that they're done, the total wordcount for the new first five chapters is 1,000 more than the old. That really surprised me. I feel like the rewrite tightens that beginning and makes a lot of things more immediate, by quite a bit, so I was expecting less words, not more. It certainly removes a boatload of extraneous material.

So where did all the new words come from? Well, I spend a lot more time on Reaper and Mercy's relationship - not that they really have one, yet, but they spend more time in each other's company. There are two whole chapters from Reaper's POV that weren't there before. Also, the old exposition prologue is gone, and in its place is a new, much more relavant prologue with characters that show up very soon, now. It's longer than the old prologue by...about 1,000 words. Funny, that.

Where the rewrite stands right now:

Let's see if this starts moving faster, now that I'm actually revising/rewriting, vs. just wholesale rewriting.
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Dragonsinger: SWC - Nadadragonsinger on August 13th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
Excellent! It does always seem like the next draft is better than the last one.:)

You'll have to tell me how the revision/rewriting is going.
Caiserindrana on August 14th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
Very random, but I found your LJ through a few other LJ posts discussing sexual assault (tinylegacies's link to jimhines's post about the Marriot to... something, I think). Took a look at your journal and you seem really interesting! :)

... I'm terrible at this friending thing, but hi!
rhienellethrhienelleth on August 17th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
Welcome! :) I took a look at your LJ, and it's always nice to have someone to discuss costuming things with! :D
Caiserindrana on August 17th, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
Awesome! :)