Tuesday, December 4, 2012

December Novel Writing

November is over and here I am still in between jobs. I'm going to take advantage of all this extra time on my hands to finish up the novel I've been working on for two years now. I currently have 12,290 words on my novel Some Secrets Aren't Secrets and while there are some published novels written in a similar "sparse" style that have word counts in that ball park, I know my story needs more substance in the middle. My goal for December is to write another 15,000 words on this novel and finish it up so I can send it off to agents in January.

Now that I've told you my end of the year goals I expect you to hold me to them. I appreciate the pressure. 

Here are some more novel word counts to show you where this novel lies on the playing field. 

Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams --512 pages, 29347 words

This is What I did by Ann Dee Ellis--176 pages, 28326 words

Everything is Fine by Ann Dee Ellis--160 pages, 28618 words

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse--240 pages, 19756 words

Burned by Ellen Hopkins-- 42201 words
Glass by Ellen Hopkins--58269 words
Crank by Ellen Hopkins--34497 words
Perfect by Ellen Hopkins--622 pages70016 words
All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg--218 pages,15158 words

Heartbeat by Sharon Creech--180 pages, 13157 words

Because I am Furniture by Thalia Chaltis--352 pages, 18547 words

Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff--200 pages, 32030 words

Keesha's House by Helen Frost--116 pages, 15469 words

Okay, so Ellen Hopkins writes really long "sparse" novels...but I think she tends to use multiple characters to tell her stories so I'm not shooting for quite that many...unless I reach my goal and find out there are still more things that need to be in my book.

Write on!

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