I started the revising phase of my sci-fi novella last week. There are only sixteen chapters, though I may reduce that to ten by the time I’m done. Some of these chapters are on the smaller side, after all...roughly 1400 to 2500. I focused on one or two a day and wrapped up revisions yesterday.
My current word count is 3k short of 30k, but I may end up hitting 30k after all. My first draft was just that—a draft. There’s a lot I want to go back and expand upon. My revising phase is the shortest process, as there were only a few things I ultimately had to adjust. I expected to switch a few chapters around and delete one, but decided against that.
There were still some smaller scenes I had to adjust, and more I encountered along the way, but have delegated to the editing phase for now. I’ll tackle those starting next week; I have a lot planned this weekend, such as celebrating my girlfriend’s birthday. But I’d also appreciate a small break and more time to catch up on my reading.
Here’s a brief rundown of some major changes:
- Established Ryn’s personal assistant, Burroughs, in an earlier chapter.
- Named the company responsible for creating the Implant.
- Added a feature of the Implant that displays statues, names, pronouns, etc.
There’s still time for more adjustments as I switch to the editing phase, but I’m happy with what I’ve done so far. I am less jazzed about the state of later chapters, as I could’ve phrased several lines better. But that’s what editing is for, ne?
I’ve also had my hands full with a new addition to our home: a black cat named Raynie. She’s an adorable and very affectionate cat, but also a bit of a troublemaker and escape artist! I’ll share more about her in this month’s newsletter.