I've begun working on my writing goals for the year and have 9,144 words in my new wip. I think I may reach my goal of 50,000 by the end of April! My other goal has been waiting patiently. I wanted to get a solid start into the new project before I took on side work. But it's time to begin. Which leads me to this morning's (and this blog's first) Monday Mess.
My challenge is to take a 184,095 word speculative historical adventure romance (I should probably narrow that down, too) and peel away about 70,000 words so it's heart can be heard loud and clear. I've done this before, but not to this scale. I chopped 60 pages from The Orchard before it was officially accepted. That's about 15,000 words (I'm going with 250 words per page, which seems to be my average).
For Remnant, I'll have to find a way to chop 280 pages. *gulp* Oh, my poor little darlings.
I am going to go with what worked for me last time. I'm printing out an editing draft of Remnant (1.5 spaced, no page breaks, 2-sided, ink saver mode hard copy), punching holes, and slipping it into a 3-ring binder. I have red pens and a highlighter. I have my reader's notes (thanks, Rob). I will also print out this:
REVEAL THE HEARTBEAT.
That will go on the bulletin board over my desk.