Major Revision/Rewrite of Violets & Violins
Status: 90,000 words out of 100,000
Words added/rewritten this week: 14,000
Yes. I added 14,000 words to the rewrite.
No. Those are not original words.
I experienced a pleasant surprise this week, as well as a not-so-pleasant one.
I reached a point in the earlier revision of Violets & Violins where little needed to be changed before I added it to the current rewrite. Not only that, but I also had the discovery that the final quarter of the previous version was better than the first three-quarters. To my delight, I seemed to have matured as a writer during the previous rewrite. There's far less telling in the final chapters, more action and plenty of conflict.
On the downside, I realized the story is going to end up longer than the 100,000 words I predicted. I'm not surprised, since I tend to write a loose first draft. What this means, though, is that I'll have to cut and tighten. While not what I planned, I've learned from experience that doing so makes my stories stronger.
For now, I'm focused on adding the final chapters and getting to The End. I want a complete version before I put Violets & Violins on a diet. The day is fast approaching when I'll reach that point, and I'm excited.
Do you write flowing first drafts that need to be trimmed, or are your early attempts skeletons in need of fleshing out?
Have you ever read a manuscript you wrote over a long period of time and noticed your writing had improved as you went along?
When reading stories, do you like those that are concise with focus on action or those that paint a period and setting using the bold brush strokes of description?