Friday, December 2, 2011

79,145 words: Finished?

Last night I finished the skipped scene in my novel, the one I had to go back and do after writing the ending.  It ended up being a few hundred words more than I thought it was going to be, but the first draft is still only 79,145 words — nearly a thousand short of my original goal of 80k.

I'm not sure how I feel about that.  I was hoping at one point that it would actually be a little longer, more like 90k.  I guess when I go back through and make revisions, one of the things I will be doing is looking for places where there is room for another scene or two.  I've been toying with a new idea for the denouement, one that would likely add a couple thousand words (and, in my opinion, possibly make it a little better — I feel like something is missing, like the last 10k of the novel is too rushed and doesn't pack enough of a punch, so to speak).

In any case, I'm going to set this aside and sit on it for a month or so, and then I'll begin revisions.  In the meantime, I am going to take a short break (to get caught up on other stuff) and then start researching Book 2.

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