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05 December 2007 @ 08:36 pm
...and that, my friends...  
...is one. hundred. thousand. words on this book*.

It is not done yet. I have at least two more chapters and possibly as many as five or six. That's fine, whatever, I don't care. But hitting 100K feels like a milestone I would never reach. I have revised this book six times to get this far. I have thrown out at *least* fifty thousand words. This is the worst way to write a book EVAR.

However, with the exception of one scene which is acceptable in concept but needs work in actual implementation, I am tentatively *happy* with the book. I think it's going to end the trilogy more than satisfactorily. I think it's going to end it with a bang and leave people wanting more WHICH THEY ARE NOT GOING TO GET FOR A GOOD DAMNED LONG TIME BECAUSE OH MY GOD MY *BRAIN* uh ahem sorry was that my outside voice? O.O

Where was I. :)

Right. So despite the (literal) tears, the blood, the sweat, the head-beating, the frustration and the exhaustion, at the end of the day, I think this is going to turn out to be worth it.

My next post, which may get written tonight because I'm still hiding from People Reading My Manuscript, will be about cover art and back cover copy and how much control a writer really gets over those things, as per my query on what journal topics people might be interested in, from a while ago. :)

Well, unless something cooler comes up, in which case I'll post about that instead. :)

*HANDS OF FLAME, third and final in the Negotiator Trilogy
 
 
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S. Boyd Taylorsboydtaylor on December 5th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)
Wow. That sounds like how I wrote the one I'm working on. I actually ended with 107k words, with almost 88k trashed (I have every word in other files).
S. Boyd Taylorsboydtaylor on December 5th, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
Is there a better way? I would dearly love to know. :)
kit: writingishardmizkit on December 5th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
Well, I don't *typically* do this. :) I usually go 1/3rd of the way in, hit a wall, rewrite, charge forward to 2/3rds, hit a wall, rewrite, and finish, then polish it up. This...has been much more difficult. I don' wanna do it again. *'nif*