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Superhero Make-a-Wish Story is Done

First draft word count: 139,000

Oh lordy, I’ve got my work cut out cutting work out for this one. Not sure how it got so big. I mean, I know there are things I can cut. Mostly characters. I’ve got one person who doesn’t even appear in the second half and another who only existed for a romantic subplot which I only got halfway on once I realized how long this was going to be.

And I always overwrite the first draft. Stephen King said to be a cutter-outter, not a putter-inner. So I’ve modeled my writing style to compliment that strategy. He said the second draft should equal the first draft minus ten percent. Meaning, if I can cut about 14,000 words out, maybe more, I can get it under 120,000, which is about the max for a sci-fi debut novel. I can swing that, right?

Eric Juneau is a software engineer and novelist on his lunch breaks. In 2016, his first novel, Merm-8, was published by eTreasures. He lives in, was born in, and refuses to leave, Minnesota. You can find him talking about movies, video games, and Disney princesses at where he details his journey to become a capital A Author.

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