Word Count: Yah, Ugh

So, I finished the first draft of the main body of my first-ever novel last night. As I wrote about earlier, it was composed online in a (private) wiki. Each chapter was a separate entry, and there are about twenty-five chapters. It’s possible that FosWiki has some sort of word-count extension somewhere – and I know FireFox does – but I didn’t bother using them. I’m, um, old-school, or something.

All along, I was kind of worried that I wasn’t going to hit 50,000 words, or 200 pages. I wanted it to be a sort of light novel, but not a freaking chapbook or something. Well, last night, I cut-and-pasted everything into OpenOffice… I needn’t have worried about the word count, apparently. Or the page count. The text comprises just shy of 70,000 words, and runs about 250 pages in a somewhat normal typeface and size, without any special formatting (chapter beginnings, et cetera) being added.

Now, the fun begins: running through the whole thing and editing it. I mean, yay, I wrote seventy-thousand words in thirty-eight days, on top of all the other stuff I usually write in that time period. On the other hand… I’ve got to edit seventy-thousand words, and add formatting. Happy happy, joy joy.

Assuming all goes according to plan, I’ll be self-publishing the thing through CreateSpace in a couple of months, where you, dear reader, can have the opportunity to be among the millions of people worldwide who haven’t read it, yay.

Unless you just happen to know an agent or editor interested in a mildly subversive literary minimalist coming-of-age story involving political shenanigans, secret societies, underage drinking, casual nudity, gruesome murders, subtly innuendo-laden wordplay, and heartwarmingly romantic same-sex relationships, anyway. English-language rights are still available for a low-low price of a $1 USD advance per continent.

No? Yeah, that was about what I figured…

Published in: Geekiness, General, Meta | on June 24th, 2010| Comments Off on Word Count: Yah, Ugh

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