Which is something I haven’t been doing lately. By that, I mean writing posts. You might have written this off as a moribund blog (one of millions), and to a certain extent, you are right–I’ve not been maintaining it as much as I should be. There is, certainly, a reason.
I’ve finally finished parting out The Honorable Thing.
What that means: Over the course of four (that’s right, FOUR) NaNoWriMo events, I wrote the incredible mass of verbiage that is The Honorable Thing. I erased nothing: every false start, do-over, go-back-three-chapters-and-try-again was retained. This was done for several reasons, the most shallow of which was to keep my word-count up.
It also meant I had 219,000 words written for a 70,000 word novel. I had to get this monstrosity onto the literary version of Biggest Loser, and fast! Enter Scrivener.
Everyone I know raves about this program. So, with a 30 day trial, I figured, what do I have to lose? Besides the month, and I wasn’t really getting anything done anyway. So, I loaded the whole fetid landfill into Scrivener and began
For each scene (and I read them all), I wrote a short one-line synopsis and created a short document. (Control-K. Wonderful tool) It took me some time, because I had to read the stinking thing, and 219k isn’t a lazy weekend read.
I have 183 scenes. Some two dozen or more are do-overs, so it’s pick one over the other. Some scenes are 400 wors long, one is 5,000. Some I absolutely know are in, others, just as certainly, are out. The rest are in the vast gray. And so comes the rebuild of THT.
Head over to my blog for The Honorable Thing, and I promise I will post the blow-by-blow building of this (hopefully) epic tale.
The scenes that get cut? They might just be reworked into character sketches, additional blog fodder, and setting descriptions. Everything one needs to know everything THT.
Thanks for hanging with me, folks.