MOROCCO Revision and WIP Update

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Got some work done on MOROCCO today [7/11], but not nearly as much as I’d hoped to do.  Today was one of those easily-distracted type of days, further made difficult by a torrential afternoon storm and the necessity of eating.

I’m still spending time going through the story to ask myself Big, Important questions about each scene and character, making notes, cross-referencing previous scenes and thoughts, and so forth.  Editing can be tough work sometimes, especially compared to the anything-goes period of writing the first draft.  Editing’s when you have to take everything you got down and try to make something sensible out of it.  Something that looks planned and polished even if you had no clue what the hell you were doing while you were writing it.

So it’s tough work, but it’s also rewarding.  I get a chance to clip out the bad and boring parts, to tighten up the structure and pacing and characterization until the whole thing hums with storytelling power.

At least, that’s the goal.

I’m hoping to start the actual rewrites sometime this week.  Then I’ll get to do this all over again due to the number of new scenes that I’m adding.  These new scenes will also push it into novella territory, but I’m not worrying about that right now.  I intend to do whatever is necessary to tell the story the way I think it should be told, and I’ll worry about placing it later.

(whoops; post from 2 days ago that I never pushed)

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