Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Never worry about length.

I've learned to never worry about length.

I used to, and I'd sometimes go on tangents, or look for plot complications, to make sure I had sufficient paint to cover the walls. But I've slowly learned that the books almost always end up at the proper size. I suspect my subconscious is constantly making adjustments.

Not worrying about length allows me to go straight for the ending as fast as I can.

"Takeover" has reached 78,000 words, with at least four thousand to go, probably more. I usually add a good 10% in a rewrite, which will almost make the book too  long. I really don't want it to pass 90K words for a thriller. But I'm not going to worry about it.

It will end up being as long as it needs to be.

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