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Tonight's wordage wasn't as much as I'd like, but I had to share the computer. Three pages. Puts me at 67 total on the rewrite, and I've stepped the total pages* down to 150,000. I'm not sure how many pages I'll get at the end, so writing "The End" sometime around the end of March (or sooner, knock wood) will determine where matters stand.

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
16,750 / 150,000

* - I am so ashamed. So ashamed. :-/


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Jan. 18th, 2007 06:59 am (UTC)
I've stepped the total pages down to 150,000.

That's a big book.
Jan. 18th, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
That's the problem. I don't know how big. Right now the first drop is about 500 pages so about, 120,000 words. But it feels ... forced. I faced some tough decisions at around page 400. I could either:

(A) continue with the story and try to wrap it up in another 100 or so pages so the book didn't get too big
(B) stop right there and, after rewrites, have at least two books -- the first 400 pages and then turn the next part, properly expanded and detailed

I went with option A and finished the book in early September.

And I didn't like it. It definitely felt forced. So I've let it sit for three months, telling myself I needed to "finish" it. Wrote an sf novelette (which I sent to Interzone at the end of October) and a fantasy short that needs a rewrite and a tweak at the end before starting the submission roll. Bear's NI9 gave me an opportunity, with the short finished, to dive back into the book. Because after three months of letting the book sit on a back burner in my brain I finally want to go back. There are some scenes/chapters I can add or adjust at the start that will define the book more, put in the shoring I need on the plot and secondary character motivations and subplots. I'm of the opinion I should "hold nothing back" (my second writing mantra; the first is "get the book written, then get it right") and so I'm going to add the stuff I thought about for the "second" book. That way I won't feel like I've put a square peg in a round hole.

Let an agent or editor split the book into two* if that's what they want. Or publish it as one piece. I just need to get it right.

* - The point where I wanted to stop the first time, creating two books at the start, is a natural break. The hero is on a boat that's sunk, so he's stranded amid the flotsam in the middle of the Channel.

A bit of a cliffhanger. If I got to that point as a reader I'd feel cheated because the story wasn't finished. :-(
Jan. 18th, 2007 02:19 pm (UTC)
I'd feel cheated because the story wasn't finished. :-(

I would feel the same. It's a bit like Pirates of the Caribbean II, it was only made as a tease for number three.

In relation to the length of a book, I am reminded of a quote from the book Calendar in which someone, in ancient Greece, said about the length of a play, "The tragedy will take as long as it takes."

I believe every story has a natural length. When you get to the end you feel one of three things, that was too short, that was too long, or that was great.

Your mantra is correct, get it written and then get it right.

Good luck with the writing and re-writing.
Jan. 18th, 2007 02:22 pm (UTC)
The things you learn from Goldilocks. :-)
Jan. 18th, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)
Don't worry. Your secret's safe with me.
Jan. 18th, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
I've stepped the total pages down to 150,000.

LOL. Now I get it. Pages.

That's what I get for hurrying the post so my daughter could get onto the computer. I'd delete the original in shame except my misunderstanding let me vocalize what I'm doing with the rewrite. And it helps to get your thoughts down.

Though 150,000 pages might excuse why I have trouble finishing. ;-)
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