A Growing Manuscript

The editing and building of the beta manuscript for my fantasy novel “An Easterly Sojourn” (working title) is going well so far. I believe we (the Queen and I) have gotten through the most difficult chapter yet. The challenge stemmed from morphing two separate chapters into one. Apparently, chapter 17 (On the Edge of Jalken) had nothing happening, but it contained some wonderful scenes and clever dialog. We realized those snippets would serve to enhance chapter 15 (The Changing of the Guard).

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Inserting things here and there meant correcting the time and position of the characters. Of course the task turned out to be more complicated than I had imagined. For example, the character Cyril exits in order to speak with a Lieutenant. However, in some of the added scenes, he had returned.  Also, some characters start in the rear of a wagon, and then are suddenly either on the side of the road or in the driver’s seat. These continuity quirks had to be handled along with the regular editing process.

The original draft had 28 chapters. But now that we’ve blended two of them, that number is down to 27. Therefore, I can happily report that the beta manuscript has 15 of 27 chapters completed…almost home.

Tell me about your Works In Progress (WIP). Have you ever had to make continuity corrections from putting together pieces from different chapters?

Every Time You Reply – Little Frankie Doesn’t Cry 🙂francesco25

4 thoughts on “A Growing Manuscript

  1. Congrats on the progress and good for you for combining chapters. That tightening is so important and often means giving up some of our darlings (lovely writing). But it feels good when it’s done. That photo of little Frankie is downright priceless. What a cutie. Happy Writing.

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  2. Yes Ernesto, I have had similar experiences. But, as you have found with your own manuscript, the end result achieves what you hoped for at the start. Can be frustrating but is usually worthwhile. Self-editing is a lot of work but I would never skip it.

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