Sunday, March 1, 2009

Finishing Honeymoon Edits

"The Honeymoon of Mr. and Mrs. Roux" is one of the three major overhaul stories in my thesis (the others being "Albatross" and "When Bridgette Went Into the Water") and it's been the biggest 2nd time revision thus far. Two big details got changed, a few minor ones, and loads of things got either cut or condensed.

By the end, I went from 7,420 words down to 6,467. Put another way, that's about 13% of the story gone. I feel like I've accomplished something.

I didn't keep track of how long it took me exactly, but it took at least an hour out of today and boy am I ever glad to see the end of it. Plenty more stories to go, but just about all of the others will be easier revisions.


Jenny said...

Stephen King says that 1st draft-10%=2nd draft. I find it funny that you're right about there and that I was also right about there in the last draft I did....

Ali said...

That's pretty funny how the math was consistent. A bit creepy, even.

Well, I guess that's why we figure King knows his stuff.