Remember this post I made last week about revision? Here’s the results of some of that analysis:
The columns left-to-right:
- Scene Number
- Word Count
- Cumulative Word Count at end-of-scene.
- Importance (0-10). High values indicate a critical scene that usually contains some form of turning point.
- Promise Count – Promises are new pieces of story information not explained in the scene. This is high in the beginning of the book and tails off towards the end. I do have a “promises kept” count column but I haven’t started filling it out yet.
- Tension Level (0-10) – How high are the stakes in play in a given scene? This is what keeps the reader interested.
One thing to note is that anything in green is probably worth cutting or combining with another scene. Since I’m running about 6K words over budget, I’m going to look through this carefully to see what I can do.