Inspired by the Condensanator

So, now that my synopsis is where I want it to be, I have begun work on . . .

**timpanis pounding**


I was actually quite inspired by the exercise of forcing myself to cut down the synopsis. It really stretched by comfort level (in a good way) to have to stare at a sentence, even a word, and say, “Do I really need that?”

I’ve been trying to look at my manuscript that way. My final word count was 77,500 words. I am giving myself the challenge to cut that down a few thousand words.
*dabs sweat away from forehead*
It won’t be easy, but I think my story will be better for it. Oh, and here’s the kicker: My goal is to finish that THIS WEEKEND.



  1. Natalie on October 4, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Good Luck, Renee! Just remember it’s okay if you don’t get to 70K; you aren’t in anyway over a word count here. You are well withing YA standards:)

  2. Kiersten on October 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Oh, gosh, HOW EXCITING!

    I’m so proud of you, Renee (wipes a tear away from her MoMo eye…)

  3. Renee Collins on October 4, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Thanks guys. 🙂 I’m pretty excited. I just need to focus for now, and then, when the time comes, I need to just DO IT!

  4. Joanne on October 6, 2008 at 2:26 am

    Good luck. It sounds like you’re really tightening the writing, going through it with a fine tooth comb. Every read-through counts!

  5. Terri Tiffany on October 6, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    I’m praying you get it where you want to! Keep at it!

  6. Kiersten on October 6, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    Quick! Send me something to edit or look over! My head only hurts a little bit!

    (Gosh, really, I do feel bad, that’s twice now I’ve pooped out on you…)

  7. Renee Collins on October 6, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks Joanne and Terri, I’ll keep you all posted. 🙂

    And, no worries Kierst. You should be enjoying your small headache . . . wait, that doesn’t sound right, but you know what I mean.