I finished a second revision (rewrite is more accurate) of The River Lords last night. I’m pleased with the effort. I went from 10k+ to under half that at 4848 words. I’ll give it the once over to cut a little more fat and tighten up story elements. After that, I’ll begin to submit it. We’ll see how it goes.
This story has been a great exercise for me for three reasons:
- I had to home in on the crux of the first draft and trim away much of it;
- I changed the whole flavor of the story, discarding the original arc; and
- I tend towards wordiness, so I focused on writing lean and truthful.
It’s fun to see the fruits of this exercise. Whether it gets accepted or not is another story. At the very least, I’m a better writer for it.
Once the final revisions are done, I’ll probably do a podcast of it just for fun. I’ll post it here.