Cooler heads have presided, and the edit of The Balance of Light has been reeled back in. I’m keeping it a single book. It won’t be the sprawling epic that my Writer Brain threatened earlier this week. Heh.
Printing out the manuscript seems to have worked wonders, as I figured it would. Having done a galley edit with a test copy of A Division of Souls (which helped me find a lot more issues I’d missed), doing the same for Book 3 seems to be working out just fine.
Which reminds me — remember that first chapter I deleted a month or so ago? Yeah, it’s back in again. Why, you ask? Well, again, cooler heads. I realized that starting the story on the original Chapter 2 was an even WORSE idea.
So…what does that mean? I need to delete at least 50k words somewhere in this behemoth. Where the hell is that going to take place? Well, that’s a good question. This is another reason for the printing out of the ms…so I can give it another reread and find those soft squidgy spots that can be cut out. Scenes I can merge or leave out.
This is still going to go far past my original deadline, but again — I’m okay with that. As long as I’m going in the right direction, that’s all that matters.