SUZEE DELIGHT gets longer

Suzee-DELIGHT-132x200-FINAL-FLATWorked six hours on type-in revision today.

I’m 60% of the way through the type-in, and as usual, the story is getting longer. Today, even after some big cuts, I ended up with a 522-word net gain, and a word count of 24,728.

I have some big cuts in the last third, but also MOST of my write-ins, so tomorrow’s word count should prove interesting. Not sure yet whether the story will end up longer or shorter overall—but I still haven’t gone ridiculously beyond my planned 20,000-word goal.

Next week it’ll go to my editor, and then to my copyeditor, and I’ll work on classroom stuff when it’s out of my hands.

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4 comments… add one
  • Ro Sep 17, 2014 @ 2:48

    Do your stories always get longer in revision? Mine seem to be coming up short in first drafts, but I am aware that I am naturally a succinct writer, and I think it’s possible I will find things I need to add.

    Ps. Suzee Delight is fantastic, not just good, it really flies. Only the very best SF manages this.

    • Holly Sep 17, 2014 @ 6:47

      I write very tight in first draft. At a lot of points in the story, I’m sketching in quickly because the actions characters need to take are coming to me so quickly that I can barely keep up.

      So when I do my revision, I’m also filling in details I skipped in first draft.

      My stories are ALWAYS longer after revision, and 33% is not out of line.

      And thank you. I’m so happy you liked Suzee.

  • Amy Aug 10, 2014 @ 20:28

    Sweet! Can’t wait until it’s in my hands. I’m definitely looking forward to what’s next for the Longview.

    • Holly Aug 14, 2014 @ 7:57

      I’m wound pretty tight about this one. The story turned out much deeper (and much BIGGER) than I anticipated. 😀

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