I’m Really Worried About Word Count

by Shelt Garner

My fear is that I’ll write a really solid first novel, only to discover that it has too many words. I think I can bring it in at no more than 140,000 words, which would put it around what The Girl On The Train has.

But I fear that for various reasons the novel could be closer to 160,000.

I have a few options.

One would be, of course, to split it into two and connect the two parts of the story with a cliffhanger.

Meanwhile, I could also try to think of ways to trim words off of it.

And, lastly, I could just try to sell the novel, even if it’s too long and maybe thin seriously of having a few novels already written that fit the 100,000 word sweetspot.

At the moment, I just don’t know which of these options I’m going to pick. But I do think the novel, in general, is getting really, really good.

Author: Shelton Bumgarner

I am the Editor & Publisher of The Trumplandia Report

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