Wednesday, April 7, 2010
WIP Wednesday-word counts
I'm up to 40,000 words in Desert Nomad. *phew* But the greatest thing that happened was yesterday when I outlined the entire rest of the story! I'm shooting for 75,000 words. My last manuscript was rejected by an agent for being too short: 64,000. She said, "I love this premise, but it's too short." *headdesk*
If I'm writing a science fiction space opera, for adults (primarily women-like women's fiction). How long should it be? Will 75,000 be long enough?
The first book I ever wrote turned out to be 116,000-way to long, and since then I've been so concise that I always end up a little short. Word count plagues me as I write. I keep a list of every chapter and how many words each one amounts to. I want to reach novel length, but I don't want to bore people with extraneous information.
What word count are you aiming for?