My parents have taken my son and his cousin away for the day today so after doing some cleaning around the house this morning I’ve been able to sit down with the book today and get some more of it done.
In fact about ten minutes ago I broke the 30,000 word barrier. I am oddly happy about this. Yes, the story is wobbling in places and I really need to go back and clean up major parts of it but the main thing is that I reckon I’m about halfway there. I’ve tried to drop the obsession with having a finishing wordcount over the last few weeks. When I first started back in March I was aiming at 75,000 for the only reason that the number seemed like a ‘proper book’ number of words. As I’ve gone on I’ve remembered that this is an idea originally designed for a 90 minute film and so therefore I might be better aiming for a bit less than that so as to not end up stretching the story out. One of my favourite books is Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy and that clocks in a 55,000. It’s a fairly concise and great story because of it so that makes me a whole lot more confident in the long run.
With the pressure off a little in that regard I’m writing whilst feeling I can be far quicker with the story and not have to pad just to get more words in. As such it’s possibly reading a bit better.
In the meantime I’m going to make a burger to celebrate.