Wrote the second new werewolf chapter last night.
So I have two more in mind to write.
My original concept had been a short 40,000 word novel, brutal and to the point. I still think such a novel could be written, but it would have to be extremely well written to make it work. While I like Cormac McCarthy, I don't write like Cormac McCarthy, no matter how cool I think that book would have been. No explanations -- just horror.
Instead, what I wrote was closer to young adult in tone, which was a far cry from what I intended. Though the second half of the book is so dire, it'll move it to a more adult level. It's going to be about 60,000 words, and more conventional in form. (Foreshadowing and explanations.)
I still really like it.
It works the way it came out. I went ahead and wrote it the way I usually write a book.
I still think the narrative itself is strong, with or without good writing, and now I'm just trying to get the writing as good as I can make it.
I'm going to write the last two werewolves chapters by Wednesday and send it off to my local editor. Print out a hard copy and work on that with a red pen while it's out being worked on.
She's already done the first three chapters and she does a very thorough job.
At this point, I'm writing faster than my readers can read.
2 days ago