It is harder than you might think to condense Malaysia’s history into 2,500 words when your readers are going to be people who know very little about Malaysia.
This darned chapter is supposed to be 2,500 words long but it’s already almost 1000 words over that. And I’m only 2/3 through the chapter. D: And this is:
– after rather substantial cuts; technically it’s the third draft of the first 2/3 of this chapter.
– when I’m not including anything much about Perak, Selangor, Pahang, Terengganu, Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan, Perlis, Kedah and Johor.
– when I’m not bothering with all the sultans’ names except for one or two, nor am I going into detail about all the silly quarrels over who the real heir to the throne is. (I like how that can be summed up simply as “succession politics.”)
Who knew our boring sejarah from Melaka to Merdeka needed so many words?
I’m going to have to do some extreme editing when I’m finished with this last 1/3 of the chapter (which I might as well title “all the pesky problems that Malaysia has encountered in the last 10 years”). Gah.
… I WILL FINISH THIS (by tonight or tomorrow afternoon). I would like to enjoy Les Miserables and Britten’s War Requiem on Thursday and Friday with relative ease of mind, thank you very much.
(Those actually don’t sound like stuff one would normally choose to celebrate the completion of work, do they? I mean… Their titles are so… so dismal. lol.)
Update, 9.25PM (some six hours later 8D): Done with the chapter! I shall ignore the fact that I’m 1000 words over my intended word count. But hey, it was 2000 words over at first. I managed to rid myself of 1000. So there. .