Still plugging away at Built for Murder, my first Erich Rambles murder mystery. Am currently midway through chapter 9 but backtracked a little yesterday after getting some great feedback on chapter 1 from my Saturday critique group. Based on their feedback I stayed up late last night rewriting chapter 1, revising or adding new sections to clear up confusing plot and motivational points. By the time I was done, it was about 600+ words shorter and more concise in setting up what will follow.
Still, the PDF is at 111 pages with 21.6K words in the manuscript, about 1/3 of the way to a complete manuscript. Not bad for having only started on Oct 7 and my Thanksgiving goal looks imminently doable.
Not too much work on it today. Been rereading chapters and cleaning up the prose, adding missing words, changing words to match the true intent of the passage, and editing the characters, their motivations and dialogues into something closer to what I see and hear unfolding in my imagination. As I write and learn my characters, new possibilities dawn that are stretching the story into different directions. All good as far as I’m concerned.
All this typing is leaving my hands stiff and aching. On the one hand it means I’m making headway, OTOH, carpel tunnel is not fun. I must find a balance, one that allows me to tell the story without harming myself. Dictation has been working great on my iPhone for sending text messages, maybe I’ll give it a try on my iMac.
A new week dawns and the story continues.