I have completed the collecting and reorganizing of the Converging Forces chapters into one Word document.
My plan is to go over the whole thing once, correcting spelling errors and egregious grammatical mistakes, the stuff that leaps out at me, and then save it as a PDF locked against changes, with a disclaimer at the beginning that it’s a rough unfinished draft of my work, yadda yadda.
I have mixed thoughts about it. If it’s not in a finished state, why ask you to read it? If it’s not the final polished writing, then I shouldn’t let it out there.
On the other hand, the whole idea was to run a play by email game as if it were an ongoing story, and it turned into an interactive story almost in novel form. So, the condition it’s in is sort of the point, in a way. If looked at sideways in poor lighting.
I collected it all, as I said, and saved it as a word file.
I happened to glance down to see how many pages I had to proofread, just to get an idea of the size of it, estimate how long it’ll take.
Next to the page count, was a Word Count total.
Upon seeing the word count, my first reaction was “bullshit”.
My second was to wonder how it is that I thought I was being agile in writing these, and yet still managed to turn the novel into a massive bearwall.
My word count on Converging Forces so far is over 106,000 words.
I needed to double check my frame of reference, so I visited wikipedia to see if they had anything to say about word counts.
According to wikipedia, a novel is anything over 40,000 words. Mysteries may be around 60,000 words, while a thriller may be around 100,000 words.
You’ll note that they don’t say, “100,000 words is a good place to be when you’re about 2/3rds of the way through.”
Now, I’ll grant you I’m probably closer to 4/5ths of the way through, but that’s still a LOT more than I dreamed of. It doesn’t feel that damn long to me. It feels like nothings HAPPENED in the story yet! We haven’t gotten to any of the BIG stuff we’re building up to! It’s been all intro to characters and build up!
Omigod, I’m on the failboat.
Of course, me being who I am, in my heart I’m saying, “Ah, screw it, I’ve been happy with it so far… so what if it’s one of those manuscripts that would be thrown out of any sensible publishers office, we’ve been having a lot of fun along the way, right guys?”
106,000 words. Well, damn. With a build up like that, I’m going to make damn certain that there is a payoff of epic proportions.
So much for quality, not quantity.