Tuesday, October 09, 2007

The Longest Tale

After several weeks I have come to the end of The Journey Within, my Victorian adventure. It's finished up at 10,700 words, thousands longer than any other individual story I've written. In fact, it qualifies as a novelette.

It's the most heavily revised story I've written too. I reached 7,000 words before I noticed a fatal flaw in the plot and went back to the begining to edit it. Halfway through that edit I realised that with the change in emphasis, other parts of the plot were now not as convincing, so I went back to the begining again. Having got almost through the whole thing the second time I decided to change the location and went back to edit it all again.

I finaly persevered to the end, and I'm very pleased with the result. I'm leaving it a week or so to brew before I go back to review it, when I'm sure I'll find lots more editing to do. With a story that long there's got to be lots of room for deletions!

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