Oh my, how you’ve grown!

That post title refers to the length of my novel An Illusion of Trust. My target goal of 80,000 words may seem conservative to some of you, but at the time I set it, I’d struggled to get the first 60,000 down. But after I got feedback from my alpha reader, the words started flowing. With additional input from beta readers the book grew more. The manuscript that’s with my copy editor now stands at almost 92,000 words, which is 4,000 more than its prequel, The Brevity of Roses.

paperwhiteSpeaking of editing, I’ve mentioned before that one of the ways I edit is by reading my manuscript on my Kindle. But because I had the old-style button keyboard model I didn’t actually do mark-up on the Kindle. Not so this time around. One of the Christmas presents my family gave me this year was a Kindle Paperwhite, which has a touchscreen that makes highlighting and notation much easier.

I hope I’m not the only writer who gets a little sick of reading their book by the time it’s ready to publish. I struggle with impatience, and it doesn’t help that the question of what I’ll write next starts nagging me long before I finish with the work at hand. Yes, I get distracted by that next shiny thing. In this case, it’s two shiny things, so I’ll have to decide which should come first.

Anyway, I apologize for being so terrible at estimating the time I need to finish something. I thought I’d have An Illusion of Trust polished before Christmas, and then I thought surely by the end of January. Now we’re almost a week into February and it still doesn’t have that final gleaming coat. But it’s close—oh, so close.

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23 thoughts on “Oh my, how you’ve grown!

  1. No, it is a swift kick. Enough to flip the pages a couple times at least ha ha. I did a quick Google on your other works I saw that they were published in physical copies. I am hoping this one is as well? I absolutely hate E-books (As a reader, probably wouldn’t as an author ha ha).


      1. Perfect I will pick it up. I don’t know how you actually sit down and write a book. I have so many ideas I just don’t know how to get the ball rolling ha ha. Judging by that first page it looks like you are a lovely writer.


  2. I’m halfway through my first read of my first draft. Already im terrified of getting bored of it after countless more reads (having done A-level English Lit at school, I know after a few reads of a book it will happen).
    30k more words is huge! Well done 🙂


  3. Linda, I’m going through all my novels once again, making some changes, and yes, I’m starting to be a teeny bit (what an understatement) bored. I re-read many books but I don’t think I’ve ever re-read them as many times as my own. Sigh. On the positive side, I still come across some sentences or paragraphs where I stop, pleasantly surprised, and think “I wrote this?”

    I really look forward to reading Illusion again (the updated version). As far as the time of publishing for a WIP? It’s ready when it’s ready. I refuse to get all bent out of shape by today’s rush in getting books “out there.”



    1. That’s the temptation with indie publishing, Christa, to keep editing forever. Where does it stop? I agree it’s a wonderful feeling when you come across a well-written sentence or passage you’d forgotten. 🙂

      Oh, I know, I know. I set arbitrary deadlines and then stress because I’m not meeting them! Silly, huh?

      Thank you for being willing to read Illusion again. 🙂


  4. I never did like the sound of the word – DEADLINE. Such negative connotations!

    Much like my meat, I prefer my novels well-done. If you slap them on the plate too soon you just might end up with a case of the …….. well you know. LOL! Take all the time you need and do it right! We’ll wait.


  5. I always think my manuscripts will be out long before they actually are. And I agree with you 1000%, by the time I’m done with it, I never want to see it again. Best of luck with your release.


  6. *laughs* No, my friend, you are definitely NOT the only one who grows tired of the manuscript by the time it is done. And since I was such a newbie about things, and ended up having to go back over previously published and (supposedly) professionally edited books, I have been really tired with them. Take your time. That’s what I hope to do with my latest: take my time and get everything right. I want this one to be ready for the reading public. I want to loft it into the air like a baby bird and watch it fly away…


  7. I love deadlines. I really love that little dinging sound they make as they go flying by. I agree with the above. The story is done when it’s done and only you can know that, not some artficial date.

    Great post and good luck.



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