23,333 Words

Lots of writers work faster than I do.  Plenty of my Facebook friends will regularly post one or two thousand words a day, and they’ll do this day after day.  In fact, Stephen King thinks people are serious slackers if they don’t get three to five thousand words down. I’m just excited that I’ve finally figured out how all the revelations are going to unroll such that my character is ready to take a serious leap.  It’s so incredibly important that readers believe in these kind of choices.  Everything falls apart if the motivation doesn’t work. I’m thinking of this novel where the protagonist decides to get on a boat.  There was absolutely no good reason for the character to do this except for the fact that the rest of the novel was all about the subsequent journey.  It’s tough to sink deeply into a book when you have the following dialogue with yourself:

Question: Why did the character decide to get into the boat?
Answer:  Because the author needed her to.

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2 Responses to “23,333 Words”

  1. Ann Finkelstein Says:

    Lots of interesting ideas here. I go with the theory that there’s a time for quantity and a time for quality. Right now I’m in a pondering place. My Q&A is worse than yours.
    Question: Why did the character decide to bring a piece of pottery on her trip?
    Answer: Because the author really liked the previous scene where she made the pottery.
    Cut. Cut. Cut.

  2. Kristin Wolden Nitz Says:

    Ann, I had to laugh at the pottery issue. But sometimes things do work out when authors and characters love the same thing.

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