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Progress Report, in which I am tantalized

Notched 4.4K on Wet Work. Here’s Magic Meter, for your edification:

Made goal for the month of October, so I’m feeling pretty good about that. Almost done with Act Two, and feeling good about that, too. Still need to figure out how this ends, though–and I’m not sure how to feel about that. I think this is the farthest I’ve gone into a novel without knowing the ending. Still, there are some tantalizing possibilities that have me . . . well, tantalized.

It’s becoming increasingly clear that I don’t have 30K of story left to tell here. I kinda doubt I even have 20K left to go. I’m guessing I have about 10K of plot remaining. That’s going to put me very much on the short end of marketable length. And I’m reasonably sure this thing is a little bloated, which means it’ll be even shorter when I do the rewrite. This is going to put the novel at a pretty serious disadvantage when the time comes to send it into the big, bad publishing world.

But I guess that’s a problem for another day. Not much I can do about it at this point, anyway. Snippet time:

Extra cop cars weren’t much good against a rampaging werewolf, of course, but all the extra attention would serve as a deterrent. And with Brandon and Kaitlin locked inside with three hundred other kids, Salazar would have to launch an all-out assault on the building to get to them. That would be a bit too public for the Unseen.

It would only buy some time. Teresa couldn’t lock down The Bridge forever, and the police would have other uses for their resources. Emily hoped by then to have thought of something else. What that might be eluded her for the nonce.


Later, gators.

5 Responses to “Progress Report, in which I am tantalized”

  • jsridler says:

    Hey Matt,

    Regarding final word count and all that jazz:

    I’ve found on my last two projects that the first draft was “thin”, and much was added during revisions (10,000 on the last project). So, if you have revisions to do, you might find it being about in range with most novels after all.

    Congrats again on the recent sales!


    • admin says:

      Thanks, Jay!

      Hope you’re right about the second draft. Mine tend to work opposite of yours: first drafts are usually a bit fat. Time, as always, will tell.

  • camillealexa says:

    80k is not a lost cause, dude. And you might suprise yourself! 20k might flow into the home stretch without you even noticing. Being so close to finishing a major project = ROCKAGE.

    That’s right. You rock.

  • Anonymous says:

    I was genuinely annoyed by C.A. It felt like an extended commercial for The Avengers. “Get on with it, already!” I yelled when Nick Fury showed up in the post-credit trailer, and my husband covered my mouth and apologized to everyone who clapped at the end (they still do that here).

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