Yesterday I was talking about how I wasn’t happy with how my WIP (Earth, After Liberation) was going and one of the things I was talking about doing was cutting the story short. At the moment we have a big escape in the story and this would make a really good place to end the novel. It’s a very natural place to bring it to an end, and what I’ve written after that can go towards the next book in the series.
That’s what I’ve decided to do, cut that part of the story and focus on tidying up all of the writing before that. I think it’ll be about 10,000 words cut off this one, which’ll take it down to about 35,000 words (25,000 short of my original target) and I’m planning to add a few pieces to the story. Even before I wrote yesterday’s post i’d decided to change a major part of the protagonists life and I don’t think the story is edgy enough. I’d like to add a little more depth to the characters as well. Thinking back to what I’ve written already it’s very sparse in places. It needs some realism as well I think.
This will have repercussions for the second book, which I wrote for NaNo last year, but I’ll cross that bridge later. I don’t think this will mean too many changes in book two, well except that book two will become book three.
I’ll be starting the red-pen read through tomorrow.