I am less interested than once I was. I suspect this is because when I was beginning to write books, I was always looking for signs that I was on the right track. The more books I’ve written, the more confidence I have that the length of the book will be revealed by the story itself.
Thank you! Elsewhere is around 61,000 words, as I recall. I, too, used to be interested in the word counts of comparable books when I was starting to write novels.
Thank you! I don’t know that I have much advice beyond the usual: read a lot; write a lot, etc. The one other thing I might mention is that one should never be afraid NOT TO WRITE. Thinking — about books, about your goals for your writing, about the kind of story you’d like to tell and the way you’d like to tell it — is for me at least an important part of the process.
1) grab the orchids, 2) smile like the cheshire cat, 3) wear your pearls, 4) toss back your head, 5) don’t give a damn.
~ The Verbalist: A Manual Devoted to Brief Discussions of the Right and the Wrong Use of Words, by Alfred Ayres, 1919
This clears things up enormously.
Saturday Wisdom: My favorite writing quote is by Samuel Beckett though it is not technically a quote about writing.The quote is from a prose piece called Worstward Ho: “Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
Rarely a day goes by when I have not thought of that quote upon sitting down at my desk to write.