Friday, October 23, 2009

5 Days to Go

I'm on page 87 of 613 as far as editing goes. Those are double-spaced pages, by the way.

So far, I've taken out two paragraphs of unnecessary backstory, exchanged a lot of underlines for italics, and changed some questionable language to less questionable language. I'm aiming for the PG rating, here. Can't go for G due to graphic violence. Three cheers for severed heads! I think graphic applies. Would you consider hands getting chopped off and bouncing off someone's chest graphic? I would. Then I remember the story of Ehud in Judges and I think, the Bible has some graphic violence of its own, so I don't feel so bad. Not that I'm writing anything as inspired as the Bible. I'm just saying.

I've started a 10 word hook. I don't like it, but it seems accurate enough. It just seems so ordinary boiled down to 10 words. I'll keep working it.

I'm working on a 20 word premise, which is 10 more words than the hook but I keep ending up with 16 or 18 instead of 20. My natural self-editor at work, I suppose. According to Make Every Word Count, I should make every word count. That's what I'm trying to do.

I wrote a page and a half synopsis last week, so I'll boil that down for my 750 word synopsis.
I'll revise the first 500 words tomorrow after my voting poll closes.

Hmm. That's seems like an awful lot of stuff to do in 5 days.

There goes my eyelid.

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