Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Random Thoughts

It’s funny, I hit 20,000 words last week and started getting nervous that the book would end up being way longer than 100K. Now I’m 27K into it and I’m finding I’m actually around ¼ of the way done. I think my initial estimate of 120K words might ring true. I was thinking it might be more like 200K. 120K I can deal with and trim 10% bringing me down under that 110K word limit that a lot of publishers seem to like.

Course at this point I should not be worrying about word count. I should tell the story the way it needs to be told. Editing and trimming come later.

I find that for every scene I had outlined ( a very rough outline) I add two extra scenes. The one I’m working on now I’ve actually added five, owing to the need to get more backstory. The original scene had me jumping into a major action scene with very little backstory. I needed to add a bit of lead-up to it and a lull from the last action scene.

Such is writing. I can only imagine what my rough draft is going to look like once I’m actually done. Scary. I’ll worry about editing later. Currently the only editing I do is spelling. Unless it’s particularly egregious it waits until the end of my writing session.


  1. Oh wow! This is an awesome blog. I'll be following you quite closely.

    As for this post, I believe it's best to write and edit way later - I find it best to separate the states I function in, one can't and shouldn't be too critical when you write the first words. It's that or not writing at all.

  2. Thanks for the comment Bev! It's still a work in progress, and if I have time to sit down and write each day I have to make sure that time goes to my novel first, but blog is always second.