The long and short of it.

So, here’s the problem. 

I am currently at 76000 words in Clockworld. 

And I have no idea when I’m going to finish the damn thing. The plot is moving, the characters are developing, but the word count keeps rising and the finish is yet to hove into view. The original target was about 80k, but there’s no way in hell that’s happening. At the moment, wrapping things up before the 100k mark is looking severely unlikely. It’s conceivable I could double the length of this book before its ready for editing. 

I don’t know why I bother having a timetable, really.



  1. Yeah, total word count is hard to estimate. We need room to figure out the story, let the characters grow, etc. It’s fine if you go over your estimate – even by a lot! – because that can be edited down later. I dropped my book down from 105K to 85K and I didn’t even remove full scenes, just bits and pieces here and there. It’s stunning how it adds up! So I’d say keep writing as much as you need to write, because the most important thing is the story. Length can be condensed. Best wishes 🙂


    1. Well, I suppose the advantage of Indie-pubbing is I’m not restricted to a target at least! It’s terrifying how I can end up writing a thousand words of a converstation and then realise not much has actually happened.

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