ABNA

At first, I was reluctant to enter this Breakthrough Novel Award for a number of reasons, not least of which was the initial need to reduce the word count by 12%, but now, having so far brought it down to 152,800ish, I find that it is becoming an increasingly likely outcome. I will do as much polishing as I can before the deadline arrives, but I think, in its current condition, it should be a good testament to what I believe to be a good level of ability.

I don’t know whether I will win, but I don’t stand a chance if I don’t enter. If I do meet the deadline, which I grow increasingly more confident about, I’ll have about 3 weeks to finish Isle of Dogs before I need to seriously commit to a second draft. I am beginning to feel like a writer now though, it’s really, thoroughly enjoyable. I’ve spent the last 2 days religiously editing this manuscript, everything else has become secondary. I’m already becoming one of those writers that can’t do anything else until he has, at least, finished that sentence, which I like rather a lot.

I have to say I was not at all confident that I could reduce the word count by so much, in so little time. I’ve had to be quite ruthless indeed, but I don’t think the story has lost any of its substance, nor the characters any of their depth, so it should all be groovy. There are still 2600 pesky words to be cut though. Should be easy enough…

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