I’m getting there. I’m actually very close and I can almost see the end of the story on the horizon. It makes me giddy and frightened at the same time. I want to celebrate, but I have grown so close to my characters I hate to stop having my daily conversations with them. I suppose that means onto book two already!
I’ve asked many authors how many words do you consider a novel and I’ve received answers ranging from 50,000 to 120,000. I’m thinking I might have another 10,000 words left till it’s over. I like to think I’m in the middle range of a good length. I really wanted to hit the 100K mark, but not sure if I will. It’s an ego thing I suppose and I have to keep that in check. Story telling is an art, not a word count race. For the sake of my characters and the story I will not bloat them to reach a fantasy figure I have in mind. The characters are not my puppets, they are my means of expression and I love each of them enough to not exploit them.
Let’s see what happens.