As of today, I have worked 97 days in a row; over 3 months. I am close to finishing chapter 6. Then I will have to decide about chapter 7. Last week I did some editing of it and the remaining material may not be a chapter. It is possibly an extended anecdote but not a chapter.
My current plan is to finish chapter 6 and then the conclusion. After I have sent them to the editor, I plan to read the complete manuscript without chapter 7. I am reading it to see if the information in chapter 7 is necessary for my story. If it isn’t, then the bibliography will come next.
If I feel I need the information and material from chapter 7, I will go back and do that work. I am ahead of schedule, which is great. According to NaNoWriMo, at my current pace, I will reach my goal in early February. That would be spectacular.
It completely slipped my mind last week that I had a blog post to write. I gave myself the morning off. I attended Renewal services at the JCA which were lovely. After that, I went ice skating in Westfield. It was nice to take some time off.
As of yesterday, I have worked for 89 days straight. Today will be my 90th. I earned a badge from NaNoWriMo for reaching the halfway mark. According to them, I will finish on February 3rd. Of course, that just means I will have worked the total number of hours I originally committed to. It doesn’t mean that I will be done with all the work I need to do before I send the manuscript to the publisher,
I am currently working on the sixth chapter. I have already done all the editing of the 8th and final chapter. As I was working this past week, it occurred to me I don’t need chapter 7. I don’t know if I thought that because I really want to be done. That is one possibility.
My creative nonfiction teacher, Carolyn, emphasized the importance of avoiding redundant examples. I am now contemplating whether chapter 7 makes points I have already made or new ones. Deciding that will determine whether or not I keep it.
I find it hard to believe I have been working on the manuscript for seventy-six days straight. I’m trying to strike a balance between revising for the best possible manuscript and acknowledging the need for a hard stop. Even if I worked on it forever, I would probably not think it was perfect.
The process of editing and revising the current chapter has been interesting. I cut some material I thought was unnecessary . Then I added some material to amplify the remaining topics. Right now, it is the number of pages it was when I stated. It is like moving around puzzle pieces to get a clearer picture.