Friday, September 6, 2013

Manuscript for Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale is Complete

On Tuesday September 3rd I finished writing my 9th novel. Its title is Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale.

I had set the goal of writing this novel within a year. The task took me 10 months, and I'm rather astonished with myself. Of course there is a lot of editing and work to be done before I let other people read it. I never let anyone look at my work until I deem it ready for consumption.

Speaking of editing I have a lot of chainsaw work to do on this manuscript. My original goal was to write a novel in the 80,000 to 100,000 word range. Right now Werelord Thal is 183,000 words. I overshot my goal by 83,000 words.

To be honest, I have always written big novels. My other 8 novels are all in the 150,000 to 210,000 word range, but I had hoped to produce something leaner. Yes, I write big complicated stories, but I am devoted to tackling my proclivity for wordiness. I love words and always want to play with them, but choosing the best words needs to be the game. 

Although I avoid cliches I hereby pledge to trim the fat. I honestly have a copy of Strunk and White's classic The Elements of Style that is (a very small) bible that decrees brevity is next to godliness. This little book is either loved or hated by writers. I'm a lover because I need its advice.

With Werelord Thal I expect to cut wordiness more than deleting scenes. I'm looking forward to making this novel a clean and zippy read. I've set the goal of getting at least 30,000 words out of it. I've done this before, and I'm very determined to do a good job of it.