NaNoWriMo is over. I validated and achieved my winner’s status. I didn’t get 50K of keepable content, as I had wanted to, but I did make a dent in Isto’s overall word count. Yesterday, I compiled what I had before NaNo with my keepable content, and I’m up over 73K for this POV.
Let’s see, 73K for one POV that’s not yet finished and there’re four POVs in the book.
I think this is going to be another big book.
Therein lies the same insecurity that never seems to let me go.
If it’s over 120K, it’s too long.
People don’t have the attention span for long books anymore.
Wow, at that word length, it must need serious editing.
These are all things people have told me. They probably meant them with best intentions. Still, they judged my writing based on a 170K word count (Thanmir War) without reading a single word of it.
Then there are those comments where they playfully tell me my book is a door stop. Yes, because it makes me feel good that people want to throw my book on the ground and kick it out of their way when they are done using it.
I don’t know if Isto will come out at a higher word count than Thanmir War. And for me, it’s okay if it does. That still doesn’t abate my terror that people will judge my writing on word count alone.
For now, I’ll shove those thoughts aside and keep plugging away at my story. My characters entertain me. I enjoy reading 300K books. I have at least one fan out there who isn’t related to me. That right there gives me reason to believe in myself.
Just so you know, both Thanmir War and This World Bites are part of the Read & Review Challenge. If you want a free review copy to try to win some swag, let me know via email: loni at lonitownsend dot com. You can also click the mailto link under the Get Social! sidebar widget.