40K and counting!

All righty, since I’m starting this blog several weeks into this crazy venture, I thought I’d do a quick update of where I am, by the numbers. For more interesting info on what “this crazy venture” is, click on “Books” in the menu. (Spoiler alert: I’m writing a book.)

Here we go!

I started brainstorming for this book on 4-22-17, started a “sample chapter” (which won’t make it into the book in its current form) on 4-26-17, and wrote the prologue on 4-27-17.

As of yesterday, I’ve written 19 chapters (plus the prologue), which is a little over 40,000 words! That’s 78 single-spaced pages in Word. I also have roughly 9,000 words in my “Brainstorm” document, which has ended up being a catch-all for world-building, outlining, etc.

So how long is a book? Good question. YA (Young Adult) books are often 60,000 to 80,000 words, but the word counts seem to be rising in recent years. Non-YA fantasy is often over 100,000 words. At the pace I’m going, I’m thinking my rough draft may clock in at about 100,000. And that’s just the first book of a series. Isn’t this exciting?!

In case you can’t tell…I’m having a blast!