So we Spinners have been working hard on our drafts for the next anthology For Richer, For Poorer, and we're bantering around our word count totals, hoping to fall somewhere in the realm of, say, a book (as opposed to a pamphlet or a Fantasy Brick).
So, I'm seeing totals like, 8K, 13K, and so on, for the contributions of the other Spinners.
And then they ask me: "So, Heidi, what have you got?"
"Um, I'm sitting about 27K about now."
*BOINK!* "You wha-?"
I hastily calm my fellow Spinners. "It's just the draft at the moment. I plan on cutting out several thousand words."
"Oh...kay... So, what do you estimate your final count to be?"
"Um... 23K?" Wince.
Mmm... yeah. All right. We'll see. I think I've accidentally written a novel.
If I could get this story down to 20K, I'll be happy. But I don't know if I'll be able to do that, unless I trim down a few conversations, take out a bit of snark between some of the characters and tighten up a few things. I could cut out some of the world-building, but don't know what or where.
A tighter story would be good. And I might be able to do without a dinner scene. We'll see.
How well do you know British actor Richard Armitage? I scored 10/10 on this little quizzie. (Not quite the same as scoring with Richard, but I'll take what I can get.)