Monday, August 10, 2009

A goal reached

Today, I finally reached my goal of 50,000 words, and I am so proud of myself. I was pumped when I reached 30,000, but 50,000? I know that I've harped on a lot about word count, but I want to have a decent-sized book to send out. My original goal was 100,000, and though I know I'm not finished the story, I know my book won't be that long. I don't want to stretch it so much that there is a bunch of unnecessary junk in it. I just want the story to be the story it's supposed to be. I'm guessing it will be around 70,000 when it's completely finished, which I think is pretty good for a first time author.
I'm also happy to announce that I know (finally and completely) how my story will end. Of course, I can't tell you, but I believe it is a very good ending. I'm also contemplating what to call it and am coming up with nothing... how do you name your work? I'd like to hear how other people title their stuff, as I'm drawing a blank... in fact, I've been calling it 'Ali', after the main character. Calling it this has made me wonder whether I should make this book into a series. I would like to tell Bridget's story, though I'm not sure what I would say. She's one of my favorite characters, and I would just hate to say goodbye to her. Your opinions?
Happy writing and reading.


  1. Congratulations, Kat! Well done. As far as naming books, I always come up with several titles before deciding on which one. Also, when I'm in that frame of mind, I notice everything: billboards, commericals, articles etc...Sometimes you can take a word here, a word there and come up with a great title.

    For Jack Rabbit Moon, the title came from a road: Jack Rabbit Road. Of course there are Jack Rabbit's in the story, and the moon just happened to tie in, and I hoped to capture west Texas with the title.

    Good luck and I hoped this helped!

  2. Well done! You obviously show great dedication to the art of writing, an amount in which I envy! When you're finished and published I'll be sure to buy the first 10 copies!

  3. Thanks all :) Tyler, if you buy 10 copies, I'll autograph them all :)

  4. Well, in that case, I'll have to sell at least five of them on Ebay! I'm sure I can pull a grand for each of them! Books autographed by wonderfully skilled authors always can make a nice penny.

  5. Congratulations, that's a huge landmark!

    Now get the whole manuscript finished, concentrating on the story itself. Worry about the end word count when the first draft is finished and you're in the revising process.