At the moment, I’ve written a fair amount of my book in one big Word document. For that reason, I haven’t really split up scenes into chapters. But aside from that, I’ve written quite a few scenes, yet I’m still only on 5,000 words (or thereabouts).
Whilst the whole idea of target word counts has always been mysterious (is it a guide or mandatory goal for authors?), having only 5,000 words after writing three or so ‘scenes’/chapters is a bit concerning.
Initially, I had intended to write 100,000 words for my first draft, and then in editing it could be decreased down to something between 85,000 to 90,000 words. Whilst that may still be too high, the best scenario is to edit out words, rather than add more in.
But of course, these numbers and change all the time based on the genre of the book, the publisher you ask and the website you look at. Another issue I have is the genre of my book. It is of course crime fiction, but then there’s the sub-genres such as thriller, suspense and mystery which I’m not sure as to which one my book belongs to.
But of course, I’m not going to worry about that until I have finished writing! So, without further ado, here’s my current word count!
Current Word Count: