Nighttime blabbering 817

I’ve connected all the parts in the novel I wrote so far. There is some concerning news about it. Initially, I planned to set up a checkpoint at the 100-page mark when something big reveals, and from that point, the plot shifts. I haven’t reached that point, and I’ll have to write more or speed up the story to fulfill the intent. And there are more problems with it. I already have 60k words in the project, which is enough for a novel to be completed. The way the story looks now, I am at a third of the novel. So, if I keep this tempo, I might add 180 000 words in one novel, which is way too long. This doesn’t work. Nobody will pick this up and read it. The rules for YA novels and urban fantasy are clear. It needs to be moderately short, fun, fast, and dynamic. My novel is long, slow, and too much detailed to be dynamic. But there are ways to fix this. It is important to tell the difference between rough editing and precise editing. Precise editing is when you go through each word and check grammar, logic, and synonyms to find the best formula for building sentences. I already did that. Rough editing is when you sort of skipper through the paragraphs and decide if the block carries importance and messages you need to save for the plot. So, now I am hunting for absolutely important sentences which I can’t delete and the ones that could be left out. Even if the sentence is considered an art, so great and perfect, dynamic and beautiful sounding, it must go away if the information inside is useless. I just need to do better. With this editing scheme, I’ll probably reduce page numbers, shorten my project and achieve a dynamic flow. And then, the sentences could use some simplification to improve reading speed. You can be blunt about the important stuff because that’s a sure way to make your reader understand what you want to say. He/she might grasp the heading and what they need to remember if they want to understand the story. For example, you don’t need all that poetic sentences such as “The locks of her brown hair entwined in lighter golden nuance, spread over the yellow dried glass moistened by dew. Splatters of blood around the wounds and broken bones indicated the fall from a higher altitude. It sickened him to see such a divine victim’s face, still young and retaining lively colors with pale grey and dead eyes staring back at him.” Now, this sounds nice. But is everything in there important? I think not. So, I am changing this into: “A combination of lively colors and the dead stare of the bloodied victim he found among the dried blades of grass ruffled his stomach.” The message is there, and I have fewer words to express what I intended. The first few sentences look so much more, but if all of them are like that, you just end up with one long and boring paragraph. I am sorry, but I can’t fuck this up again. So, some scenes will be cut in half, deleted, and rewritten to retrieve speed, dynamics, flow, and other things one urban fantasy needs. And in the next blabbering, I will tell you everything about my loud mouth and explain why you should never celebrate early.

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