James Floyd Kelly

Writer and Swashbuckler-for-Hire

Draft 2 – Chapter 3 – Hello, Frying Pan

I finished the revision work on Chapter 3 – took bits and pieces from Chapter 6 but 70% or so of the Ch3 is now new material, rewritten to reflect the changes made in chapters 1 and 2 and the modifications to the main plot.  Almost hit 4000 words, which is great for a day’s wordcount.

As it stands now, the hero is now being dropped into the thick of things… this didn’t happen until Chapter 7 in Draft 1, so I’ve managed to speed up the story a bit and get the hero into the action faster.  The first three chapters of Draft 2 are longer than the first 3 in Draft 1, but that’s okay – the new dialogue and scene descriptions are necessary and help move the story forward… I hope.

Tomorrow I’ll tackle the first half of Chapter 4 – it’s a major rewrite of the opening of the main plot and will differ from Draft 1 quite a bit… I have a much more fun and exciting way for the hero to hit the ground running that won’t affect later Draft 1 chapters and should give the hero more reasons/justification for later actions in the book.  Also, the Big Bad Guy will get a healthier description and a bit more action in Chapter 4 than in Draft 1… he needs to be fleshed out a bit more and ch4 will be a good place to do that.

Here’s today’s scorecard and Progress Bar:

Jinx: Trial by Fire
Book 1 of The Prototype War

Draft 2

Chapter 3 Revision – 100% complete
Chapter Pages: 15
Chapter Wordcount: 3921

Book Pages: 48
Book Wordcount: 12991

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July 19, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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