So I want to share a bit about my novel, Unbroken. You'll most likely hear me talk a lot about it, it's just about the hugest thing I've ever done in my live.
Unbroken was written in November of 2012 during the ever popular event NaNoWriMo. Doing NaNo was probably one of the best things I ever did. It showed me that there really are no excuses good enough to stop you from writing your book.
Without further adieu, here is the synopsis.
I cut nearly ten thousand words. Unbroken's chapters shift between, now, three different characters. It was the elimination of one of those characters chapters that dropped my word count. Some chapters disappeared entirely, others were rewritten in a different character's perspective. I'm a bit sad that I lost ten thousand words, but I gained a better story. I count this as a win.
Round two of editing taught me so much more about my characters and their motivations. I learned that less is more (That's a lesson you learn when you cut ten thousand words)
I have some more changes in store for round three, no more cuts, thank goodness. I am re writing the first chapter and adding some additional scenes. Editing has opened up a whole new dimension to my writing and exploring this process is just about the coolest thing I've ever done.
I think round three will be magical.