I just finished rewriting the climax of Lesana (now titled Vodnik or Vodniks Bite–I’m not entirely sure which. Any preferences?) I still have a fair amount of denoument to do, but this was over 9,000 Microsoft word count words worth of revision today, with a lot of that being brand new material. I must say that I’m very pleased with the improvements I’ve made to the climax. I feel like it’s working much more smoothly and clearly, and that helps a ton. There remains a few more trouble spots that I’ll have to go back and address in the book before I can completely be done with the second draft, but I’m almost there.
Then, all that remains is for me to go through and polish each chapter, adding sensory details that I often forget and then trimming them down by 10 to 20 percent–tightening the story and making sure it flows well. I can’t wait to be done and send this puppy off. When I’m through with it, right now I’m definitely feeling like it’ll be the best thing I’ve ever written, which is a very nice feeling indeed.
Of course, that feeling might change, depending on the scene I’m working on. Still, the end is in sight, even if at times the end seems to backpedal on me.
Now I really need to wind down so I can fall asleep. I always have trouble if I write too closely before bedtime, but I didn’t want to interrupt the flow tonight. A little lost sleep is a worthy sacrifice.