Thoughts At 37,000 Words #Writing #Novel #AmWriting

by Shelton Bumgarner

I broke down and check how many words I have written as I reach the end of the first act and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I am at about 37,000 words. I checked how many words some Stephen King novels are, and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that if this draft of the novel does end up being about 150,000 words that it won’t be the horrible goof that I thought it would be.

Though, this draft is the breezy barebones draft, so when I write the next draft and actually work on fleshing out place and character that could balloon the size of the novel significantly. But I will try to at the same time tighten the writing up, so that should help shrink the size at the same time.

I am generally pleased with how this draft is going, though. It just takes time to physically write so many words. I feel like I’m on deadline, though. I really feel a weird urgency that I don’t understand.