01/14/2020 Book Report.

I’m starting to ask myself if this book’s gonna be much longer than seventy thousand words. I don’t wanna pad it out. I also don’t want to starve it, either.

  • 68.5K words.
  • Killed off a character. Now am out of characters to casually kill off.
  • Pretty much it.

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  • Gnarledhotep says:

    Clearly, it’s time to retcon a few more characters in, so you can kill some more off. 🙂

    I recall that 60k is considered the lower threshold for “novel”, but please don’t try to constrain yourself artificially by word count. Word count is about as valuable of a metric for prose as lines-of-code is for software engineering – it’s something management (or publishers) like to measure, but it doesn’t tell you anything about quality.

    At least, that’s my $0.02

  • nicklevi86 says:

    If you need extra pages, there’s always room for more maps! 😉

  • Belcatar says:

    My novel is a little past 123,000 and most of my work is figuring out where to cut. It’s kind of target-rich environment for cutting.

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