What’s this, Blue Progress Bar? You have something to tell me about my novel-in-progress?
Blue Progress Bar says: second pass revision for The Counterfeit Emperor is COMPLETE!!!
(Kids, I’m a trained writer and these are special circumstances. Don’t attempt three consecutive exclamation points at home. Somebody might get hurt.)
So, to be clear: although the second pass is complete, I still have a little revision left to do. Some info-dumps I need to break up a bit, some pacing issues to work on, some under-described passages I need to bring to life. However, I do think at this point that most of the heavy lifting – the major character adjustments, the serious plot changes – is done. Which is pretty exciting. Most of what’s left is relatively minor. I’ve promised beta readers I will have this novel ready for them by the end of this month NO MATTER WHAT. (dun dun dun)
Words before revision: 104,646
Words after revision: 111,066
So this new version is about twenty pages longer. Normally you want your manuscript to be shorter after revision, but trust me, I did cut out lots of stuff from this draft. It’s just that even more stuff had to be added.
Books, man. Am I right? Books.