Sunday, March 16, 2014

Big Cuts

So far I've cut 8,000 words from Dragon Prey. When I do something like that, it leaves a jagged hole in the story. I have to stitch the ends of what's left together, and rewrite a bit to erase any possible scar, but often times, a lot of stuff leading up to and after that cut may refer to text that is now gone and these references could be anywhere in the story. I have comb through the text to make small incisions to fix these things. I really wish I could write a story from beginning to end and just be done with it. If I could just do that and and then only have to worry about grammar and punctuation, writing would be so much easier.

I don't want to gripe every week in this post. I'm actually sort of pleased to cut those 8,000 words from the story. It dealt with a sequence of events that never seemed to add much. (And when I say I've cut words, I mean I've cut and pasted them to another document. I have a Word file titled Dragon Prey Fragments so I can refer to those cut bits and possibly pull out a favored line or something in the future.) I was excited to have written a 90,000 word story. It was set to be the longest thing I've ever written, but now it may be closer to 80,000. But if the story is tighter and more powerful, that's better.

Well, I'm gonna keep polishing and smoothing out Dragon Prey. I'm very sorry it is so incredibly delayed. I hope once it's published you think it was worth the wait.

7 comments :

Caroline White said...

i love your work and can't wait for dragon prey~

Caroline White said...

cant wait till your done its gonna be great!

S.A. Hunter said...

Thank you, Caroline! I got a day off from work due to snow today so am working on it right now. :-)

Anonymous said...

Anxiously awaiting :)

S.A. Hunter said...

Hi Anon,

I feel terribly guilty for taking sooooo long with this book. I hope you think it's worth it when it's published. Thanks!

Kari Anne said...

First off I want to say that I love your books!! Second! You are killing me!! lol. JK! but for real I am patiently (or trying to at least)waiting for Dragon Prey.....but each update you do is like dangling a back of weed in front of a pot head then flushing it down the toilet. haha....but i still love you and your books so i will keep waiting. lol. hope you have a wonderful day!
PS don't feel to guilty. I have a friend that is a writer and I know how much they become like kids to y'all. just take care of your baby and release it only when you feel it is ready!.....but hopefully that is soon! haha

S.A. Hunter said...

Kari Anne,

Wow, I missed your comment somehow. I'm sorry about not having Dragon Prey ready yet. I'm feeling rather annoyed with myself at the delay, but hopefully this month? Keep your fingers crossed.