I’m still working on Chapter Two. During editing, I added 438 words, but I don’t think I’ll get to keep them. There’s a scene I really like that I know I need to cut. I haven’t been able to make myself do it yet, because it’s too cute — and that’s the problem. The scene doesn’t need cute at that point. But I’m still not happy with getting rid of it, so it will stay a while longer.
I learned long ago to never get rid of anything I write. With every story, I keep a file of scenes that I cut. I never know when I might find the perfect spot for them later in the book. That’s always a happy coincidence, but in reality, they probably aren’t really that random. I’ve already confessed that I visualize scenes, but they’re not necessarily in the right order. So it makes sense to keep them for later.
Anyway, I’m halfway through editing Chapter Two. I wish it was moving faster, but it just isn’t.