Subject: So how's everyone's wordcounts?
Posted on: 2021-11-19 09:44:58 UTC

I'm at 29,191 going into today, which puts me about 900 words short of where I should be. That's not counting the ca. 5000 words I've copied directly from the previous version.

It's been an interesting experience, this revise-and-expand process. I've just finished a run of six chapters where Queen Elizabeth (not that one) (not that one either) (this one) sparks off the Cornish Rising, which is ultimately crushed. Two of those chapters were borrowed almost whole from the original version - I've tweaked things, but there are hundreds of words just copied across. Another covers exactly the same ground as the original, but changes to the timeline and character development mean I had to rewrite it from scratch. The other three are entirely new - the Rising didn't even happen in the first version, so the events of it are fresh writing. I had to construct a pocket timeline for those chapters, to make sure my messengers were moving about at sensible speeds. (Not that sensible; the key message crosses 200 miles in 2 days, by way of a lot of changes of horse. That's still not as fast as word of the Battle of Trafalgar, which was carried 27 miles to London in 37 hours.)

If I can pass 2000 words a couple of times over the next few days, I should get back on track; it'll be nice to see the graph go above the par line again!


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