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Long winded

I knew I was a tad long winded. Never been one to tell a story in four words when eleven will do.

However, that sometimes comes back to bite me as a writer. I've got my table of contents done for the history project that I have to turn in tomorrow and I have my first chapter done.

Unfortunately, they're supposed to be between 1000 - 1500 words long. This draft? Initial word count, 1930 words. Current word count? 1859. Still need to trim a minimum of 300 words out of the document before I submit it tomorrow.

I think I'm going to sleep on it tonight and have wishweaver give it a going over tomorrow morning. She'll mail the results to me and I'll finish revisions at lunch and get it en route. The project coordinator will review it and then get back to me on what revisions she wants and I'll fix this and do the second sample chapter. After that, it'll be off to the packager and see what revisions they want.

Then the real fun starts . . . waiting to see if a publisher actually picks up this project or not, and if they do, how long are they going to give me to get the rest of the book done?

So many questions, so much editing to do.

Still, words is words and putting them on paper is a "good" thing.

Night, LJ!

Words for Today
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1,930 / 1,000

Progress on History Project
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1,930 / 1,500

Words for the Year
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35,612 / 365,000


( 4 howls — Howl with the Pack )
Apr. 7th, 2007 12:13 am (UTC)
It's great that you're filling the screen with words and then scaling back. I tend to have the reverse problem -- it sounds better to just let it out.
Apr. 7th, 2007 01:59 am (UTC)
I've always been a member of the "if it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing" club. My first novel was supposed to be 80,000 words, it clocked in at 115,000 handwritten.

I figured the editor would be making cuts, so I wanted to be sure there'd still be some story left by the time he was done. As it was, the book went out at 100,000 words.

However, as they pointed out to me, I can go over, I just don't get paid any more for the extra words. Those are freebies I'm giving away.

I can live with that.

Welcome to the blog, btw!
Apr. 8th, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC)
115,000 HANDwritten?
Wow, you did the sucker by hand and then retyped that?

I agree, though -- if the story is good as it is, an editor can cut out non-essentials.

Have you been discouraged from writing long novels?

the "overdoing" is great. it reminds me of my childhood, when I would write all day on the computer in the basement. since being more determined to improve and go pro, I've been a bit paralized.

Apr. 11th, 2007 03:54 am (UTC)
Re: 115,000 HANDwritten?
Sometimes I find doing them by hand helps with the distraction factor. Then when I type them into the computer, that constitutes the first edit - aka, "what was I thinking when I wrote this crap?".

Discouraged from writing long novels? Harbinger, my first original novel that's slowly making the rounds, initially clocked in at 152K. I've managed to self-edit it down to 105K. It was brutal, felt like I was taking an chainsaw into surgery, but it was a good feeling after I was done.

Mostly, I've been doing short stories/novellas lately which force me to be "concise" . . . well, as concise as I can be. *grin*
( 4 howls — Howl with the Pack )

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