17 April, 2007

The Novel...

...which shall remain nameless, just in case it should turn into a different novel, is now a complete first draft, about 90,000 words long (yes, it has tripled in size since it was workshopped at ROR, although I haven't yet implemented all the ROR suggestions—except, of course, for the this-novel-needs-to-be-longer one), which I've begun revising. It has twelve chapters, and I'm working on a chapter every day, fixing weak points and filling in holes and noting things I have to work out or make decisions about—details about tools and food and burial customs and stuff.

Keep your fingers crossed for me.

3 Comments:

Blogger Jonathan Shaw said...

Fingers crossed, but would success as a novelist mean we'd lose a short-story genius?

17 April, 2007 20:17  
Blogger Jonathan said...

Is this Little Peach? My fingers are definitely crossed!

25 April, 2007 11:12  
Blogger Among Amid While said...

Ooh, the world is full of Jonathans sending well-wishes! Sorry not to answer this before, but Blogger has decided not to forward comments to my email address any more. And I thought I was just speaking to a cold empty world.

Jonathan 1: Nah, I'm fully addicted now to short stories. The fact that you can draft one in a day or two is just irresistible! Plus, now that I've trained myself to get ideas, I get too many, and short stories are good places to use them up. No, success as a novelist would just make me happy; it would have no unpleasant repercussions at all!

Jonathan 2: No, Little Peach fell out of its tree and is lying rotting on a shelf in my Writing Room. This is a whole new one, conceived and begun last year.

04 May, 2007 16:37  

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