I’ve hit 50,000 words for the 9th time in my life. That means I’ve written 9 novels. Not sure how many people in the world could ever say that, so that’s pretty cool, I guess.
Here’s the proof:
That was last week, actually. It’s now over 77,000, probably on its way to 80k to finish up the novel. I’m working on the last chapter as I take a break here.
I’ve said this before, but it’s always a big deal to make a long enough, coherent enough story that it qualifies as a novel. I remember watching the word count of my first novel like a mindful hawk. The words seem to climb so slowly and the story seemed to be culminating too early. I thought it would peak at 30K in depressing novella territory. I didn’t ever think I would reach 50k. Eventually, I did, and the story ended at about 60.
I’ve always been a concise writer, but my stories have grown longer. WHICH HALF DAVID was my longest at about 100k. Well, unless you count my trilogy as one long novel then which clocks in at around 230 thousand.
Of course, word counts mean nothing to story. Great stories come at any and all lengths. But accomplishments should be celebrated.
Now for the hard part: writing draft 2, and 3, and then the editing process.
And then, after that, the hardest part of all: getting people to read it.
This story is about five teenagers in a band in Penang, Malaysia. Into their lives step Mr. Musa Marbun, a poor and crippled 67-year-old who has lived a horribly difficult life. What would a group of teens ever have in common with a person like that? It is precisely what this novel is all about.
Coming in 2020. Please stay tuned.
And don’t forget to try my trilogy: