Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The Page Count Dilemma

Argh!

I did another nine pages this morning, which obviously is a good thing. But I am sooooo going to end up going over my intended 100,000 words. I'm already at 78,750 words / 315 pages. Which leaves me a paltry 85 pages to wrap things up and these poor souls haven't even made their way to the bedroom yet! Why, why, why can't I ever write a book that doesn't overshoot the required page count? Or better yet, why can't publishers print thicker books? Why must my muse be constrained to 400 pages, dammit?!

Hmm...maybe I can convince the publisher to use smaller print to jam it all into their under 400 pages? Think they'd go for that?

6 comments:

Tess said...

Weeell, it worked for Diana Gabaldon with Outlander, soooooo...

julia said...

Each book could be packaged with a complimentary magnifying glass. That would solve everyone's problem.

Peggy said...

When I wrote a book without a publisher in mind, I wrote way, way over the word count. Had to do some major cutting (and editing) when I finally sent in the requested full.

Since I began targetting one publisher, my word count has been quite obedient. Not sure if that has anything to do with it, but I think I tend to rein in my story to appease their guidelines instead of going in a different direction that could take me another 20k words.

Melissa Marsh said...

I say just write it until it's finished, then go back and see what you can cut.

Michelle said...

I'd say just write the end and trim later. It'll be easier to see what needs to go at that point.

Nikki said...

Give them to me ... I need to beef mine up and can use some extra pages ...