I’ve finished a new draft of the third Evie novel, and it’s starting to feel like a book now. Well, at least the story’s now hanging together, which it certainly wasn’t last draft. Now I just have to spackle it together before handing it to the writers’ group so that they can tell me what sucks about it.
But here’s the thing: I kept a scrap file while I was working on this draft, since a lot of my revisions consisted of cutting and pasting and shifting around whole sections. (Turns out when you move Chapter 14 to Chapter 3, then it wonks up everything else. Who knew?) The novel, as it currently stands, is a little over 100,000 words.
The scrap file? 40,000 words.
I’m starting to think maybe this is not the most efficient method.