50,000 words

21 Dec

Well, 50,000 words seems like a good place to take a holiday from my book.  I might be able to do a wee bit more writing over the next couple of days before the kids stop school, but I’ll be happy with where I’ve got to if that doesn’t happen.

When I started this blog I had intended to have my first draft done by Christmas, but there has been so much re-writing and revising along the way that that became impossible.  I think it’s quite a good time to take a break though and come back with fresh eyes after the holidays. 

The more I think about it, and the more the book takes shape, the more I think I’m going to have to condense my timeframe which will necessarily change how things happen at the end.  Some characters won’t be old enough to take a part in the final scenes,  which means there might need to be another cull.

Anyway, those decisions are for the new year.  In the meantime I might snatch some time with a pen and paper and write another short story or two when the TV and cherry cake get too much for me.

Also last Faber Academy meeting until 2011 tonight – my 4th in 10 days!  Mind you the best kind of work doesn’t feel like work at all.


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