100 Thousand Words
It’s not a skoosh, this novel writing business. A couple of blogs ago, I reckoned The Girl with the Julia Roberts Smile might end up at 90,000 words.
For 90,000, read 100,000. That’s because I’ve remembered that Kindle, iTunes and some other devices allow you to download a 10% sample of a novel for free before you decide whether to buy it. In other words, my opening 10% has to be as snappy and gripping as it can be.
That left me two options – to inject extra zip into my first chapters or write new ones. I’ve decided on the second option, so my new chapters will (when finished) involve the hero in an urgent plane and car dash to catch up with the girl with the Julia Roberts smile.
Wish me luck. I need it.