If you're new to my blog, you need to know something about me. I'm an over writer. What that means is that if my word goal is 20,000 words, I'll end up with 50,000. More practically speaking, my word goal for The Paladin was 95-110,000 words. Last I checked, I was down to 139k.
I bring this up because I'm in the process of rewriting some of the early chapters, which, yes, means I'll need to update the links on the front page because those chapters are no longer current. It also means that, while this is a chance to severely slash that word count, I'm afraid I might waste it by just filling it up with a whole NEW set of words instead. It's a freakin' conundrum.
Now, I'm pretty certain that this rewrite is going to result in a net LOSS of words, but at the moment, it's solely a gain. I'm hoping to replace several of the slow chapters (around and including chapters 7-12) with shorter, faster paced material that will keep my reader's attention. Unfortunately, it's like writing from the start again. Everything I'm writing now needs to be checked, edited, rechecked, and reedited. I'm fighting myself, because I know I need to cut down words, but I can't restrain myself while I create, essentially, brand new content. Every word I write I do so knowing that my word count is growing, but I have to get this down first before I can go back and edit it.
So, that's where I'm stuck at the moment. Fighting with myself, because the creative side needs room to spread his wings, but the editor is auditing every single word that's added. Sheesh...
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.