I’ve been writing since then, and today went to add up the words to see how much further I had progressed in the more than two weeks since then. I knew I hadn’t nearly kept up my April pace, but I knew I was making progress. I was expecting to see that I was at about 25,000 words. And then I checked my word count.
It now stands at 19,074.
After all those days of writing, I LOST about a thousand words! I try to tell myself that’s not a bad thing. I’ve been editing a bit as I’ve gone along, and have cut some unnecessary prose. That’s what writers do. But I guess I cut more than I thought. I really believed I’d ended up with a net gain. This is discouraging.
So, do I forge ahead now and write more chapters? Do I go back over the chapters I have to see how to fix my conviction that they’re in the wrong order and contain some redundant or out-of-place information? Or do I take this opportunity to do something I’ve been putting off: checking my source material for world-building facts that I’ve been leaving placeholders for until I do the research?
Some days, I love writing. Some days, it sucks. Guess which one today is?