Friday, September 12, 2008

Breezing Along

I'm still on a writing spree, somewhere around 500-1000 words a day and close to three quarters finished with the second draft.  I like how the last quarter is shaping up, after months and months of letting details and plot tidbits simmer in the back of my head.  Warsaw right before the uprising is a fascinating period to write about, and it's coming to life in a way it never did in the first draft.

Still, I'm getting worried, because I haven't filled in Tirza's POV yet, only Hania's.  All her scenes combined shouldn't come to more than 30K, but that leaves me well over my goal word count.  Looking over the storyline, the beginning quarter is where I can most afford to do some cutting, but it's going to be hell to figure out what can go.  I crafted it carefully, to create a buildup of tensions from the start of the Nazi invasion, but much as I like the result, I don't think I can afford to keep it.  

Maybe I'm stressing out too much over it.  One way or another, I'm not going to stop midtrack and jump to a different place in Hania's journey to solve the problem, but it still keeps me awake at night.  Meanwhile, SS Commandante Kutschera's assassination in Warsaw is looming, with major consequences for my characters, and it's begging to written about.

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