Chapter Lengths

I was reading a book when I was stopped in my tracks by the length of the chapters.

They’re tiny!

I went to my own book and figured by what I’ve written compared per-page to a chapter, that a ‘chapter’ is about 2,500 words.

This is not what I wanted to hear.

My chapters tend to go from anywhere between 4,000 – 6,000 words long, and I’ve started thinking of breaking what I have into smaller chapters.

This would bring my book from 17 to about 40 chapters if I break them up where the scene changes or if they would naturally be book chapter.

So readers and writers, Do you like longer or bite-size chapters? 

I can see why most writers are alcoholics.

I love writing, I love watching worlds and characters come to life… but I hate editing.

I’ll write chapters. Then they sit…waiting…for months. It’s so long that I know them off-by-heart, and by the time I go back around to them for their ‘cleaning up’ I can’t do it because I literally cannot take this sledgehammer to the little parts that give my novel life.

It’s like slowly chipping away at pillars, terrified that one wrong move and you’ll watch your own masterpiece crumble to dust before your eyes.

My plan was the edit this whole novel during my winter break from work. To have it semi-readable before I go back, but it’s turned into a mental battle rather than a physical one.

I’m only on chapter 3 and I hate this novel a little bit more the longer I work on it, but I know the longer I work on it, the more likely I am to start liking it again…

I can see why most writers are alcoholics.

Self-published? I want your book!

Hi writers!

I know how hard it is to get your book out, it’s even harder when you don’t have the money to spend on fancy review tours or pay to do giveaways, so I’m here to help!!

No matter when you read this message, if you have a self-published book, I want to read it!

If it comes in hard copy, even better, I’ll buy the physical copy to treasure forever and forever! If it’s an ebook I’ll download it before the new year [I’m doing a no ebook 2016]

So, do you think you got a book for me to love in 2016? Send me all the details in my contact form Here.

Nanowrimo 2015 – Day 8 : 9,102

200

I was aiming to finish the weekend at 10k, but I doubt i’m going to write 900 words in the next hour. For the next week I’m going to try and write 2k-a-day and by next weekend I should be up to where i’m supposed to be with Nanowrimo.

Work is killing me this year, between that and every day-to-day life I barely have an hour-a-day to myself, and writing is the last thing I want to do.

Going to try and get into work a bit earlier everyday this week, to get a few words in and another few at lunch so that I have a good amount before going home. Going to try and manage my time a bit better- set all alarms for exercising and reminders about going places, so I don’t waste time ding nothing.

Hopefully week 2 turns out better than week 1.

Halloween is the Deadline for Draft #2

Editing…. 

I love writing, I love watching a world come to life, but editing is a whole different ballgame.

I hate it.

So, you have this world that you’ve built and all these characters. Now, as a writer, you have to go back and fix it all up so it’s as nice and as pleasing for a reader as possible. Nothing imaginative at all…

My mind keeps going to the other novels that have 5,000 – 10,000 words written and are all planned out. I really just want to work on them and make them come to life.

But, I made a deal to have this draft done before Halloween. Now, Halloween this year falls on a Saturday, so to show off my new draft to the person in question, I will have to print it off on Thursday and show it to him on Friday….knocking another two days off.

I think the only thing that may save me is the Bank Holiday Monday.

But, I’ve been at this for months and I’m still only only chapter 3, it’s not that I have a lot of work to do on it, just that I don’t want to do it or I’ll find better things to do with my time.

Someone just glue me to the chair.

Editing is the Devil.

Most people presume that writing and coming up with stuff is harder than editing, because it seems like the lesser of two evils. You have all the details there, just have to write them correctly, no more grabbing hold of inspiration, just sitting down and editing the words already on the screen.

Oh how wrong they are.

I hate editing, it’s like pulling teeth, and I have gotten three headaches over it now… I’m only on the first chapter.

You sit there staring at one sentence that just doesn’t sit right, and you don’t know whether to delete it or make it fit in…somewhere. 

You’ve read that one paragraph over a hundred times, and on the 101st time, you notice that you’re missing a word or you’ve spelt ‘beard’ as ‘bird’ but didn’t actually catch that mistake all the other times because you know it off by heart and weren’t paying attention to what was actually on the screen.

Then the worst part…the hate. You hate your work so much, how could you write such a disaster? How could you think this was publishable?! OMG! Get a new hobby ASAP!!!

And with your heart heavy, and that headache threatening to come back to life, you shut off your precious manuscript not knowing what to do next and feeling like you’ve wasted all that time on this disaster you just can’t seem to get through. You take a breather, probably for a few hours, just to go through the the whole process- one painful sentence at a time.

Oh, yes. Editing is the devil.

Another round of editing and getting back into it.

I got my last rejection on Friday, and I have gotten slightly down about it, but today I shook myself down and got back into it.

I have the next week planned out as follows:

From now till Friday night I’m going to do a full round of editing on the first 3 chapters. Can’t be too perfect, right? [I havent looked at it for at least a month now, just to give myself a breather and so I can look at it with fresh eyes.]

At 9am on Saturday morning, I’m going to sit down with a nice mug of coffee and send off to about 10 other agents and publishers. Just to have a nice round number. Bringing the total about to 13, still a bit small, nothing to start panicking over.

I am then going to go to my stupid dad’s 50th and feel like I’m on top of the world and can conquer anything to spend Sunday researching for more people to send off to.

I’m on a positive vibe today and it’s amazing.

I haven’t been rejected as much as I thought.

I honestly thought I was up to my fifth rejection, turns out I’m not. I’m only at number 3 [not including the publisher who didn’t get back] so really, it’s 4.

I’ve only gotten 3 e-mails back and all three are saying the same thing, to keep trying. None give me anything to work on or to fix up. I have another six agents and publishers lined up that I was thinking of sending to today, but I don’t know if I’m going to send off to them or should I fix up the beginning first. I know it’s a tiny number to start getting paranoid, as most authors get 10-20-30 rejections before they get anywhere.

I don’t know what to do.

Rejection #5 [turns out it was only #3]

I got an email this afternoon from a literary agent. Another rejection.

They’re all saying the same thing. That it isn’t for them and to keep trying.

They’re not saying if there is anything I could change or improve. Just to keep trying and I’ll find someone who’ll take it. Every single one of them. 

I would rather for them to say if I could change anything, but they don’t and so there’s nothing for me to work on.

I’m not sure if I should change what I’m sending or to keep sending it. This was the last one I was waiting back from and now I have to send off to more agents and publishers.