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My 12,000 Word Rule

May 17, 2012 Leave a comment

I tend to find that when I am working on a novel project it generally takes about 50 pages or 12,000 words before the real basis of the story itself is charted.  Usually by about page 50, about three quarters of what I had originally mapped out as the course of the story has gone into the scrap heap.  Or at least that stuff is stashed away for a possible future story.  Under the Darkened Moon followed this rule which I did not even consider a rule when I started writing it as it was my first project.  However over time the law seems to be holding true.  I have at least 50 pages completed in several other novels and each of them have resulted in 75% of the planned course being discarded or seriously revised.  Be it The Half-Orc Princess, Cry of the Golden Wyvern or Her Lovely Blood, the 12,000 word rule has been a nemesis to the finest laid plans for each of them.  Even a project I just started today as a sort of test story, The Arrow, completely went off in another direction by the 1,500 word mark and is, honestly, better than what I had sketched for it.

I attribute this to the fact that I seem to work better when actually writing than postulating and sketching things out.  I just cannot see how everything fits together until I start actually writing the actual text.  Maybe some other writers can.  But I cannot.  So I am just accepting this and embracing.

The Rewrite Shuffle

September 27, 2011 Leave a comment

For the better part of the last two weeks I have been writing and rewriting the lead up to the end of my novel project “Dark Moon”. As I have talked about before, I stripped out what would have been 30,000 to 50,000 words of story arc around the 100,000 word mark in order to keep the story under 175,000 words. Current projections have this novel coming in under 140,000 words.

This task however of getting to the end of the story has proven difficult. More difficult than I first thought. Read more…

Reining In Project Dark Moon

September 5, 2011 Leave a comment

My novel, aka Project “Dark Moon”, was starting to get a little unwieldy.  I am well past the 100,000 word mark and the problem was that it looked like there was going to be another 100,000 until the end came around.  So I have taken an axe to the plot following the minor climax which sets up the ending.

I figure that it would be unlikely that anyone would want to publish a 200,000 word novel by a first time novelist so I have pared things back to what appears to be a 140,000-150,000 word limit.

Now I just have to keep my focus and stop myself from going back and adding in things that I decided to cut.  That is certainly harder than most people think!