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big_old_dave from Watford, about 20 miles outside London, Uk November 4, 2014 - 7:26am

Hi folks,

Not been on here for awhile so sorry in advance...

I've got a week off I'm getting some work done on the writing. Typed up the first chapter from hand written first draft. 1483 words. Seeing as I'm up to chapter 16 so far I'm guessing that total word count for the project is running at 23000ish words. Seeing that the average novel runs at 90000 words I'm still miles away from the finishing line.

The process is starting to slow down a bit, one chapter needs to be rewritten already and I'm stuck on one characters progression through the story. That needs sorting

Still going 3 months in, see how we go :)

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Nathan Scalia from Kansas is reading so many things November 4, 2014 - 11:41am

My first draft ended up around 40K words, which is still a little short of my goal for the project. However, as I'm going through the second draft and making major revisions, I'm finding that I'm adding quite a bit (usually in the form of chapters) to flesh things out, and cutting the fat along the way. I'm predicting the final result will be between 60K and 70K. So I wouldn't even worry about word count until you've got a coherent draft you wouldn't be too afraid of non-critiquers reading.

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big_old_dave from Watford, about 20 miles outside London, Uk November 5, 2014 - 10:51am

Cheers for the advice nathan,

getting a little stuck going forward as i've only mapped out the first couple of chapters, might rewrite and flesh out the ones i know already suck and see how we go :)