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An age old problem – it’s too short.

I’ve just finished the first edit of the last in my Old Geezers novels. I added another twenty three pages of descriptions and other sundry items I missed on the first draft in my hurry to get down a coherent story, but it’s still too short at 72000 words – barely a novella, really.

So I’ll have to begin again. I would have begun again anyway as I edit all my works more than a dozen times. The problem is that with all my novels I like to keep to a minimum of 100k words as apparently that’s what mainstream publishers (whatever they are) recommend or expect of a published novel(ist).

The story is complete. All sub plots sealed, all plot holes gone and all detritus effectively cleaned out. I’m not sure what to do unless I begin all over again with a fresh eye as if it’s the first edit and hope to see what’s missing. I sometimes wonder if I’m taking this writing business too seriously, and then remind myself that unless I’m just writing for myself and actually want sales then it is a business.

Right, that’s my little whine over with. Back to edit number two. Just a moment…either I’ve got wind, or just had a brainwave.

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4 thoughts on “An age old problem – it’s too short.

  1. 72,000 is not NECESSARILY too short. What genre is your novel again?

    • Hi, it’s the continuing tale of three cantankerous old gits who blunder through time causing all kinds of damage before finally fixing everything. Except this is the last and they might not get away with it this time.
      I like to do 100k words because when I’ve reduced it to one and a half space lines it usually works out at about 300-ish pages.

  2. Sadly, I never have that problem. I always have to cut, cut, cut.

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