However, I never got around to telling Scrivener that it shouldn’t count any of the notes I wrote or those five chapters that I rewrote entirely.
So the draft isn’t as bloated as Scrivener tells me it is, but it’s still way too damn big.
The good news is I already have a pretty firm idea how I’m going to edit the story. There is going to be a lot of slicing, dicing, and downright mincing of sentences. Entire chapters will be moved or eliminated. A couple unnecessary characters that wound their way into the plot are already on the chopping block.
But I’ll get to that later. Right now, I intend to savor the Wicked Awesomeness of completing this draft. Perhaps, I’ll take a week or two to work on a short project while the novel ferments.
Plus, I realized yesterday that my two-book story is really a trilogy.