10 Feb 2009

Size matters...

A brief update, folks—Clean Until the Final Act edged over the 3000-word mark on Sunday. Although I have that good feeling writing it, I really have no idea if it will work for readers or not. See, I like to push myself, only sometimes I push too hard. I’m praying this is not one of those times. Yesterday, I (half-)jokingly told a work colleague that this story has the feel of being either a complete disaster or an eventual award-winner. Chances are it will turn out neither, but I think that about sums up the knife-edge it’s walking at the moment. Anyway, as I’ve said elsewhere, I am determined to bring this one in under 4000 (I already have three tough sells on my hands that are longer than that and I do not want another one), but it’s looking increasingly likely it will be too long. If this thing stretches over 4500 I can probably kiss half the potential markets goodbye. There’s never been a better time to use the right words…

4 comments:

Ian said...

Or, you could just sit back and go for the novella... ;-)

Rich said...

Sounds interesting. What's it about? Or is it all under wraps?

I have a story currently at 6000 words and I know it doesn't justify the length. Still, damn hard to edit it down.

Cheers,
Rich

Brian G Ross said...

I'm actually lookin' forward to this one. Award winner? As long as I get there first, I hope it is...

;o)

Steven J. Dines said...

Ian - I might as well if I keep writing these longer stories that don't fit into standard magazine guidelines!

Rich - Androids. Death. Sex. Revenge. Asparagus. Um, the usual.

Brian - Safe bet it won't be! Merely making a point. Oh, and the feeling is mutual :)

Best,
Steven