I managed to halve Chapter 7 and as I’m left to consider whether I should split Chapter 8 and include the first part with Chapter 7, the novel now stands at 168K words. I’ve got just 48K words to cut before I’ll have an actual, publishable novel. The thought of it gives me chills.
That said, there’s a chance that even at 120K, I won’t be able to find someone to pick it up, but at least I’ll have accomplished something few have.
I’ve got three free days coming with and given that I’m more or less caught up with first-job, I’ll have this entire to write. While it’s unlikely that I’ll have this novel ready with my latest 1st of September deadline, I’m really, really pushing for it. My first novel, Flight, was supposed to be complete on my 22nd birthday and wasn’t truly finished until the day after it and with all the edits and additions, wasn’t actually complete until about a year later, but on I press.
I’ve got 20 days to get this thing ready. I don’t know how I’m going to do it, but I’ll do it.