A Question For Fellow Writers

One thing that is suggested by many writers who I hold in high esteem (Chuck Wendig, Kristen Lamb, etc.), is to set wordcount goals and plan out the length of your chapters and stories. This is something I just can’t seem to get. See that little sidebar over there? The one with the WIPs and the progress bars? Yeah, that’s total bullshit. I have no idea how long my stories are going to be until they’re in first-draft mode. None. And I don’t know how to fix that. So I am turning to you, dear internet, for your help. How do you do it? How do you know ahead of time how many words will fit into that first-time pegging scene? How long is a smutty retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? How many chapters is that time-travel steampunk faerie/shifter romance going to be? How the fuck do you know these things ahead of time?


One response to “A Question For Fellow Writers

  1. Word count in fiction was super tough for me until I understood story structure. I recommend Les Edgerton’s “Hooked,” JSB’s “Plot and Structure” and Larry Brooks’ “Story Engineering.” Once I understood what each scene or sequel needed to accomplish, it became easier to know what the hell I was doing and where I was going. Without knowing that, you end up padding with fluff, lost and have a stack of stuff unfinished. So read books, read craft books and then just keep writing. We have to practice. I have written WAY more crap than gold, LOL.

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