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Saturday, January 27, 2007

This weekend is Middle Tennessee Christian Writers’ monthly writing marathon where we spend the weekend focused on our writing–whether writing new material on a WIP (work in progress), plotting a new story, working on revisions or edits, or even working on submissions.

I have completed two chapters (one started earlier in the week) so far for a total of 5,936 words for the marathon, bringing the total wordcount of Ransome’s Honor up to 94,320 words! Granted this is over the industry standard of 90,000 for a mass market title, but there are places in the manuscript I know of where I can trim several thousand words (and maybe even one POV) later. Which is a good thing since I still have a long way to go with this one! It looks like I may end up with a final total of around 115-120,000 words.

All of that is to say that I will return to Showing vs. Telling next week–and will hopefully be able to TELL you that I am finished with Ransome’s Honor. If you haven’t already had a chance to post questions or post your examples on the SvT posts, now would be a good time–on Monday I plan to go through all of the comments and make sure that we’re still right on track. Also, don’t forget, joining in on the discussion puts your name in the “hat” for the drawing for the free copy of Stein on Writing, the best book on craft available!

Until then, cheerio, dear readers!

  1. Erica Vetsch permalink
    Sunday, January 28, 2007 1:40 pm

    WOW! Congratulations! 120K words possibly? How exciting. I can’t wait to read it.


  2. Candice Speare permalink
    Sunday, January 28, 2007 6:28 pm

    Usually at about 25,000 words, I think, I can’t write much more. Let alone produce a 60,000 word book. Then! THEN! I don’t know what happens, but I keep going and could easily write 110,000 words. And THEN I have to cut. You go!


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