“Never put anything in your novel that’s not essential to your story.” (Your First Novel by Ann Rittenberg and Laura Whitcomb, p. 65)
So I went through the first three chapters, again, deleting the unnecessary elements that had sneaked their way into my manuscript, thus shrinking it by two hundred plus words. I want my writing to be taut as a drum. Well, not at the expense of its lyrical quality, of course, provided that I can deliver such quality:), but pretty tight, yes.
Started working on Ch. 4. Enter four new characters, just barely sketched. I’ll have to work more on that scene. The chapter is so long I think I’ll have to split it in two. Tomorrow. I’m so tired right now that I can’t think straight anymore. Done for today.