Along with reading wrap up's I though I would try doing writing wrap ups. In a way it is for me to track my progress but also to show what worked for that month in writing. My goal for the month was to edit through chapter 8, which was midway through Part 1 of my book. I did start with this idea in mind, but when I started to switch POV I noticed a trend that needed to be fixed. So I am on Chapter 7 of my linier edit, but as you will see below, that plan changed and I am not disappointed by that change.
Part 1 Word Count at the beginning of the month: 14,982 words
End of the month: 17941 words
Starting Word Count: 42,972
End of the Month Count: 45,931
Chapters that got a full rewrite: 4, 6, 10, 12
Why did I target these chapters? Well these were all the chapters that I wrote when I decided that I needed to have more than one point of view. These "chapters" were more of a summary of what I wanted to happen in that chapter but because I didn't really know that character very well yet. Now having finished this draft and started the second book I know them better and can go back and fix it. These chapters needed to be completely rewritten and given time and love.
I have 13 of these chapters that I know I need to fix. Each of these chapters are currently at a sad 200-600 word count. So we are beefing that number and the goal is to use that to help my novel.
Now that I have just about finished beefing up these chapters I will continue the linear edits through before moving onto Part 2. My goal is to rewrite the chapters in that section.
So in the month of January I was able to edit Chapter 1-6 10, and 12. So I did edit eight chapters, just not quite in the order I had planned on. But I knew I would need to fix those chapter and felt the time was right for those.
So what are my goals for February? I want to finish editing the last two chapters in part 1, chapters 8 and 9. I also want to do a few more reads through to ensure that I like the opening. I already know since rereading it I don't really like my opening chapter so I will have to rewrite that as well. As for continuing into Part 2 I would like to get through chapter 16. But I might also try to go and rewrite the chapters I know I need to complete on my list of 13 chapters.
As I said in my school reading post I am going to be stage managing a show this starting this coming Sunday through the 11th. So knowing that I don't want to commit myself to to much because I know I will be busy with that and getting back into the swing of things at school.
How are your current WIP's going?
I hope you had a good January!
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