Mission Accomplished

November 23rd 2003 -

Mission Accomplished
Well, to the extent that I’ve now reached 50,000 words, yeah. I didn’t get a start last night until pretty late, so I was going until 2:30am to get the 3000 words it took to reach 50k. What a relief.

I was really struggling with the plot – again – which is why it took so long to get started, but I’m reasonably happy with what’s happening now. I think I’ve guided it roughly back on course, anyway.

Anyway. Tired but happy. I’m not going to set myself a big total for today.

The rankings get kind of meaningless after 50k because most people seem to stop at this point. So my ranking will just start going up at this point.

World: 367
Australia: 14
Sydney: 3

Miracles of miracles, it was actually an exciting game. Lots of running and playing and although there were a lot of penalties in the game, both sides scored a try and it never felt like the penalties were cheating. I count myself satisfied: it was nail-bitingly close, Australia lost, and England played an exciting game.

Mum and Dad are now off to the Blue Mountains and back home, respectively. It were grand to have them come ’round and visit. We had dinner with Anna’s folks on Friday night all together, for the first time all at their place, and it were incredibly filling and I was thus deprived of sugar for all yesterday. Last night they went to see the rugby, live, and were very gratified that it didn’t rain as much as it could have. Particularly nice having them over ’cause we won’t be spending christmas with them this year.

6 Responses a “Mission Accomplished”

  1. Lexifab Says:

    Hurrah, 50K!

    I’ve hit 40,000 as at about 11:30 last night, but I think this week is going to be a trial. And, of course, I don’t seem to be anywhere near a finish yet. I’m not even sure how long it should be in order to qualify as a novel…

    What’s the ‘normal’ length of a novel – say, the average Pratchett discworld book or a Doctor Who novel?

    Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

  2. Andrew Says:

    I believe 90k – 110k is typical.

  3. Lexifab Says:

    Yeah, I was afraid you’d say that. Ah well, back to the grindstone.

  4. Tazza Says:

    If it’s any consolation, I read on a literary agent’s website that publishers seldom accept novels from first-time authors that are more than 80000 words long, because of the extra outlay required to produce a longer book. On the other hand, I don’t know if that applies to the fantasy genre, which seems to be geared towards fat trilogies.

  5. Lexifab Says:

    Suits me. The last thing I want to do is get locked into a fat trilogy. It’s hard enough keeping one novel internally consistent…

  6. Andrea Says:

    Most fantasy publishers will rarely even look at books that are less than 80,000 words long.


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