Time moves at a different speed when you’re stuck inside a novel. The outside world has no significance in comparison with what’s going on in your head. Olympics? What Olympics? Oh- the thingie on the television in the background. For something totally off topic- I do think I’m the only person who enjoys synchronized swimming. The ballet, artistry, and grace involved. Okay, it is a bit creepy. But still pretty fascinating.
Okay, back to my novel…
I’ve been working like mad on my chapter outline. The bad news is that I didn’t finish it in one day like I’d planned. The good news is that I’ve made great progress. The surreal Dali drafts are finally coming together. And me, being the optimist that I am, is focusing on the latter. 🙂
Ideally, my novel would be about 50,000 to 55,000 words. But I know very short novels can be even more difficult to shop around, so I am aiming for 60,000.
Here’s my math:
Courier New Font: 250 w per page
240p X 250w= 60,000 words
My chapters tend to be rougly 10 pages.
Therefore, I need about 24 chapters
(I hate math, btw)
Thus far I’ve mapped out the first 15 chapters. And I know how the novel ends. (have the last couple of chapters in my head) So basically, I need to flesh out about 7 chapters between.
Naturally, I may not stick to such a rigid guide- but I’m finding it useful as a blueprint.
Even though I wasn’t going to do any real writing until my outline was complete- I’ve been going crazy. I had to take out my laptop today and strike those keys. I edited (again) the first two chapters. The third chapter needs a total rewrite which I plan to attack tonight.
A week without writing has been torturous…