As I'm typing away, trying to get my word count I can't stop thinking about how many words I will lose when I start editing in December.
Sure I'll have 50,000 words, but how many of those are good words?
So, I've looked up a few books to see how long they really are (and how many words I can safely discard without needed to add more).
Squashed by Joan Bauer : 48,391
Harry Potter and the Sorcer's Stone by JK Rowling: 77,325
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen: 42,328
A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck: 35,226
Geography Club by Brent Hartinger: 43,831
Totally Joe by James Howe: 34,692
The Misfits by James Howe: 47,443
The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger: 73,404
A Separate Peace by John Knowles: 56,787
It didn't turn out to be as helpful as I'd hoped. But, at least there are a couple books there with fewer than 50,000 words... :0) But, probably I'll have to write some more, which I guess is okay...
3,000 words exactly--ain't that special?? today
39,321 words total
4 writing days left after today