The first draft of the first chapter is finished. And yes, it is terrible!! And it’s 4,199 words. Which is why word counts are bogus as a measure of progress when you’re me. If I keep this up, my new novel will be as long as the old one.
Original fiction project – week of 05/01/2011
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NANCY E. SHAFFER has been an experimental psychologist (M.A., Cognitive Psychology, Rice University), a philosopher (Ph.D., History and Philosophy of Science, University of California, Davis), and software developer. She taught history and philosophy of science at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec and the University of Nebraska Omaha. Her philosophical work has appeared in the journal Philosophy of Science and her pop-culture philosophy website, All Things Philosophical on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel: the Series. Dis/inhbition is her first novel. She currently resides in Tempe, Arizona. View all posts by Nancy E. Shaffer
2 thoughts on “Original fiction project – week of 05/01/2011”
Isn’t around 4-6K average for a chapter? I always thought it was.
That dweeb whose seminar last year was supposed to tell me how to plan a novel in 21 days said to shoot for about 2,500 words a chapter. Assuming 40 chapters or less, keeps you under 100,000 words which is apparently the publishing industries pragmatic limit for a first novel (all readers will invest in a new writer).
At my current “rate”, I can’t really go over 23 chapters and stay under that word limit.