Monday, September 7, 2009

Word(s) Count

In my journey to write a best seller, or even just a seller, I have found that it's as much about the number of words you can type as it is the quality of the words. My latest manuscript has relateable characters, a good confrontation, a plot "to die for", very good pacing (I've worked hard to get this), and it's loooooong. Seriously, I am just past the halfway point and already have 75k+ words. I figure my new goal (old one was 95k-ish) is 120k+. It's certainly doable.

The big issue for me is editing the current chapters in order to keep my momentum. I have easy conversations, sexy scenes, and need to find synonyms for some of the more...er, crass words. It's important to keep the voice of the writing but quiet some of the tone; that makes sense in my head so just go with it.

Need is the mother of invention, as the old saying goes; however, in this instance words are the mother of a great book. Words count. They count in the use and format, and they count in the amount. I have to go make them count now as I have two contests to enter by week's end!

Hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend and Happy Writing!

1 comment:

Erin M. said...

I would love to know how you got started. I desperately want to write a book, but don't know how/where to begin. That's why LeAnna sent me to you! Any advice you have would be appreciated. I have always been a bookworm and I love to write. I have both a bachelor's and a master's in English, but wish someone would have steered me more towards a creative writing program, which would have suited me better, I think.....anyway, I'm glad to have discovered your blog and am enjoying it immensely!