I just finished my latest novel.
Umm, well not really.
For the first time in my life … My novel came up short.
I normally write huge, sweeping epic novels. The last one I had to hack up into five novels. The one before had three parts. My mind just thinks “big”.
This time, I tried to center my mind on a one-week timeframe. I carefully plotted it out, and assigned word counts. I thought it would be close, but I didn’t expect to be WAY OFF my target word count.
Do I have stuff to add? Well, yes, thank goodness. There are a few things that I found I needed at the end that will need to be introduced earlier on. The problem is, I need about 12,000 words, and I imagine the additions will only total to about 1,000 words. 11,000 more to go.
I’ve edited 23 pages, and have added 230 words. I figure the total added for general editing will be about 2000 words. That’s 9,000 to go.
I don’t want to write unnecessary scenes just to make word count. I wrote tightly. Everything is spot-on.
Maybe a little too spot on.
Has anyone else ever had this problem?
Well I don’t like it. Nope. Not at all.
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