One step forward, half a step back
I swear, editing this novella just might kill me. Yes, that means I’m STILL working on it. There’s light at the end of this tunnel, but I’m presently terrified it’s a train. I’m fairly sure these are rail tracks I’m walking between. I’m listening carefully for the sound of an engine.
I still like the story of Through Windows and Hearts, really. It’s interesting and different. The main character, Lord Risley, is more than a little fascinating. It’s just required more work than usual to whip this one into shape. And some of that work has meant rewriting and adding. And by adding, I mean that the novella that was 17,651 words in first draft is now sitting at 27,709 words. Worse, I’m not done yet, so it’ll almost certainly grow further before I’m done. 30k wouldn’t surprise me.
In a way, this feels a bit like editing the first draft of Where The Ether Flows, Devan’s first book. The one I added 35k words to. See the parallel? Yet a lot of it’s for the same reasons. Fleshing things out, smoothing the lines of the story, the places where it twists and reverses. It’s going to be a lot better when I’m done, just as Ether Flows was, and I’m trying to keep that firmly in mind. It’s not easy.
One of the things I’m doing is breaking it into sections. I don’t really want to call them chapters, because that doesn’t feel right, but they are what they are. Originally, I was thinking 3, but it’s turned into 4. No, it’s not based on length, but rather movements in the story. It makes sense to me to break up a story of this length, unlike what I do with a short story, where it’s just one long piece. It’ll also make it easier to navigate when I eventually do an ebook of this.
Yes, as I’ve neared the end (4k left), I’ve been thinking about what I want to do with this one. There’s still more work to do, another round of revisions for me, then feedback, but planning should start early, don’t you think? I’d like to put this out there as a novella, maybe market it at $0.99. That seems to be a nice price to me for something much longer than a short story but not a full novel. As this is a stand alone volume, it’ll be an interesting experiment for me. At the moment though, this is all speculation, as it’s too early to actually do anything in this direction. We’ll see what I think when I’m actually ready for that.