Well my first thought was about 15k words as a prequel. I reached that with ‘just the big battle scene to craft’ so I extended the expectation to 20k words. I just passed 20k this evening and still feel that over half the scene is still to come. Maybe 25-30k words in the first draft.
I will definately hack some (lots) of the dross out of the earlier parts, although probably not the very beginning, which I quite like.
Just got Hemingway software today. It claims to simplify and streamline your text. It spots sections that are difficult to understand, unneeded words, etc. looks like a useful piece of software. I ran the first draft very quickly through it this afternoon and was more than a little embarrassed at how much it thought was wrong. In my defence, this was just a very rough first draft.
So, we had snow on Tuesday, glorious sunshine on Wednesday and today it’s pouring with rain. I guess we don’t have a climate, just weather and lots of it.
Not going to get many words added today, been out during the day at art class, and out during the evening volunteering at the Lowther, our local theatre.
Glorious day today, wall to wall sunshine. Met some people just back from a week in Porta Ventura, it seems they had horrendous weather every day for a week. Gale force winds and driving rain. We had a few hours of snow fall yesterday, and the most woderful sunshine today. It’s cold, but hey! it’s February.
Got 2000+ words done today and well into the final parts of the prequel. could be on line to read by the end of next week.
Just got back from a Salsa Lesson at the Crown Ballroom in Fleetwood (ace place for all dancing lessons). highly recommended.
Now settling down with a handful of fig rolls and a nice single malt.
I saw that Moscow had the worst snowfall for 100 years this week. A month’s fall in two days. i can sympathise with them, we had what might have been our worst snow fall for 100 years today. it snowed for nearly three hours. You could almost see the white on the lawn.
Fortunately we survived and even if we were snowed in and unable to get out at least I was still able to get some work done on the prequel. Over two thousand words today, so I’m quite pleased with that.
I’d originally decided about 15k for this short book, I’m almost at that now and still got the big war scene at the end to craft, so it looks like it’s going to get closer to 20k than 15.
Put together 2000 words this morning then had to go and collect daughter from hospital after an operation, she’s fine, no ill effects at the moment.
I was frankly surprised to get so much done in the time I had.
This puts the publish date as probably some time next week
I’m still casting around for a suitable title though: ‘Beginnings’ is just so non-descript.
Today I’ve done over 1800 words for ‘Beginnings’. Takes the total up towards 10k which means its about two thirds done. Target for this prequel is in the region of 15k. I still need to think of a better title though.
I don’t actually like short stories, but this one is intended as a teaser for Electra and shows what happened before the events in that book and how the ships came to be created and what, if anything they learned about the behaviour of the Hua.
Just for the record Electra: Book 1 of Seven Sisters Series is about 88k which translates to around 300 pages in paperback format.
Amazon has just delivered the first ‘good’ copy of Electra. It’s properly formatted now and looks much better than the last two.
I only ordered it yesterday so its been printed and delivered in just about twenty four hours. Pretty remarkable
Just about 850 words today. I like to aim for 1500 but Real Life gets in the way sometimes. Still, went to friends this evening. Had a lovely time and a very nice meal. Thanks MnB
Not wanting to be thought of as a one trick pony. There will be books in other categories than Sc-Fi. I have one in mind it’s set in the current world but with some weird characters and even weirder incidents. I’m only just getting started on the subject, so it doesn’t even have a title yet. But it will.
With a working title of ‘Beginnings’ (original or what?) the prequel to Electra is currently sitting at 8500 words. I’m aiming for a total of about 15-20000 words. to put that into context, Electra was 88000, and in a paperback edition runs to around 300 pages, so Beginnings will be about a bit less than a quarter of that. It’s intended to be a teaser for the series and an explanation of the origins of the Seven Sisters rather than a novel in its own right.
And just for the record, the fact that there are seven sisters doesn’t mean that there will be seven books in the series. I’m not sure yet how many there will be but some of the books will focus on more than one sister.