Daily Challenge Check-in: July 7, 2015

Words/Time: 3769 words revising “Pithea” with two of my sisters over Skype. Also known as the 46th meeting of the Tri-County Sisterhood of the Traveling Book. We got through just under 13 pages of double-spaced text. That may not sound like much, but there are three of us going over every aspect of this story. It is the most intensive revision I will probably ever do on this book. It’s taken us longer than I’d ever hoped to do this, but we’re around halfway through part 3 of 4, so we’re definitely getting there. And along the way, we’re fixing issues in my story world and solidifying weak characters and plot points. Our average page count for one of these meetings is 5-6, so 13 was great.

The first week of Camp NaNo is over, so here’s a quick update on my progress–my goal for the month is to work for an average of an hour per day on my revision. So far, I’m right on par with that. It’s not nearly as exciting as having a word count to share, but I’m still happy that I haven’t skipped any days for the last week.

The unfortunate truth I have to face now, though, is that I can’t work on “Outcast” equally with “Pithea” this month as I’d hoped. Since my Skype editing group caught up with my own advance editing a month or so ago, I feel like I’m barely keeping ahead. And I need to keep ahead, because I’m making a lot of big changes to areas that I know weren’t good before we get there, so we don’t waste our time on those parts. So for a while, I need to focus only on revising “Pithea” so we don’t run out of material to work on some Tuesday night soon.

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