Ok, since it's the weekend I was determined to get two chapters revised today (at least) and I succeeded. Chapter 6 is done!
This revision thing is starting to depress me a little because I'm realizing how much work I have to do on this draft to make it better and how much work its going to take to make it the best it can be. I'm willing to do it, but man, why is it so much work! This is why my large page and word counts obsess me so much. Seriously people write short stories, the longer your WIP the longer it takes to revise and the more your brain hurts trying to wrap your mind around every detail and theme and image and character within your 500 page word document. Does Word have a limit on how long its documents can go?
All right well at least I know that with every chapter I fix, I'm a step closer to finished. So here are more stats for you. Let's review with where we left off the alpha draft.
22 chapters, 489 pages, 138, 217 words.
Beta Draft of Rose Lily:
6 Chapters Revised!
16 Chapters to go...
Page Count: 497
I think I feel a little better about my WIP from revising chapter 6 which was pretty easy and didn't require that much touching up. But finishing chapter 5 really put me in a wierd mood because it was so fraught with error, over explaining of things I'd mentioned 100 times already, and bad bad sentences that I stumbled over reading out loud.
Do any of you guys read your stuff out loud to check for readability? I always do and stumble over my words a lot, but I think its because I try to read really fast, since in my head, Lilliana is thinking things really fast, quickly jumping from idea to another trying to figure out whats happening. When I slow down it I can read it better, but it doesn't sound like her as much.
Ok, I'm sure that like 1,000 of those words in my word count are "was." I'm going to have to spend some time removing all of the passive voice sentences.
Now what to do...watch some season 1 Tudors (aka the best season)?