Not every phrase and protected utterance makes it into a manuscript. My current work in progress is no exception. To date I have written 98,743 words on this piece, not including the character sketches, plotting and research in my spiral notebook. Of this nearly 100K words, a mere 62K appear in my first draft to date. That will go up as I’m not to the primary personality change in this character driven space opera. Don’t worry, I know where it will happen. It’s plotted.
The story might change in details, though. I just had a character come back last night. Gotta tell ya, it threw me. I’m running with it and weaving him back in, the blighter. I’ll update later. Then I’ll edit.
It might take a lot of editing.