Today, I have passed the 87,000 words mark and had to make a decision. I had to make one of my central characters do something that would make the book take a turn towards "THE END". I still have half a dozen scenes to write, and I will have to try and keep them as brief as possible. I can easily see this go beyond the 90,000 words, and I already foresee some cuts at second draft. I would like to ideally keep things between 80,000 and 85,000.
The risk of having the readers fall asleep while they read my book is high... If I do myself doze off while doing the editing, well, it won't be a very good sign...
My current worry is: I have written more than 80,000 words in order to be eligible for the competition I'm entering. BUT it might be too high a word count for any other publisher to whom I am going to send my novel. Hell, a debut novel 80,000 words long? Isn't that a tad too ambitious?
Tell you what: I haven't got the slightest idea, and I might have to do a bit of research on this.
I think therefore I write.
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