This week, I’ve been getting even closer to my goal of finishing my current ‘Tales of Monsters’ draft ready for beta-readers to get later in the month!
Currently, I’m adding in an extra chapter so that my change in ‘POV’s’ don’t look as if I’ve completely forgot about my ‘homebody’ group!
At first, I was worried that you would notice that it was just extra – maybe just filler, but it’s let me add a little more depth and knowledge to these characters!
For example, my main guy has finally released the reason to me for his inability with girls, although, below the surface, he’s fighting a harder war that even a man obsessed with monsters might not truly get!
And my monster mad Lord is also being all nice and upbeat, and himself, which, he didn’t really have time to do before the storm starts to arrive, and it’s nice to see this happy, jokey side to him that he always was, but you would never have really saw.
The only thing is, the more I write, the more this word count climbs. It’s at about 130k words now, and I still have to add some more.
Tales of Monsters definitely won’t ever be my debut novel – whether I’m lucky enough to get an agent, or I self-publish, the word-count will be too great, too much off an ask, or even a risk – especially if I went the self-publishing route.
Although, maybe that begs the question – should you give readers a taste of it first (with the average sized debut novel) or just throw it all at them and hope for the best?
Maybe that’s not a debate to get in to just yet…
Anyway, in the week to come, I’m hoping to finish off this chapter, finish off a final one I decided needed a rewrite, and put it all in to the beta-reader document!
And write-up that beta survey I just keep scribbling notes for in my journal!
To finish off this blog post, which hopefully, I can get out every monday for the weeks to come, I’m gonna share with you one of my favourite lines that I rewrote/edited?!? this week!
‘Maybe they should have killed the men that were walking away from them; but in a world with so much sorrow, hate and fire, did hope not make you wish that not every man coloured as the opposition was a villain’.
And, I’d love to know what word-count your at, and what word-count you think a debut novel should get too!
Until next time though,
Just Keep Writing,