However, the good news is that I got them off the farm and on the road finally. Again. At some point, I'm going to compare my second draft and see at what page Jacob and Jael get their quest underway and compare it to the new draft. I have an ugly suspicion that I have not fixed the problem of getting my inciting incident in at the 10% mark. In fact, I wonder if I've done anything except create more, shorter chapters, upped the stakes (a worth goal in and of itself) and trimmed a few paragraphs while adding others.
Sigh. Man, cutting is hard. If there is one skill I want to learn is what to cut and how to cut it. From everything I'm hearing, as an aspiring author, I need to make sure my new novel is 125k words, max. I guess we'll see where I'm at when this 4th draft re-write is done but the second draft sure as heck was more than that. I need to tighten things up, make sure my scenes: reveal character, build the world and ADVANCE THE PLOT.
Nope. Shouting about it doesn't help. I'm still not sure how to do it. Maybe I'll go back to Stephen King's On Writing and see if he had any tips.
In any case, the Throne of Writing(tm) calls and I need to get Jacob and Jael on their way. There are unicorns out there that we need to talk to.