Writing and Rewriting, Frustration, and New Beginnings…unedited…

I thought I’d write a few words about A Hot Day Down South. This was the first murder mystery I ever completed. I was a younger writer then and had no idea of what I was doing. I still don’t, but I hope I improve with each story.
The story ended at 28,945 words, and after rewriting I added another 5,458. “That’s not even close to a novel,” I muttered. “I’m short 50,000 words.”
Then, I went off in search of articles on how to write 100,000 words for a novel. See, some people have said that publishers want a clean 80-90k words for a murder mystery.
Holy word vomit, Batman!
I mean I get it. 80-90,000 words is a thick novel, and publishers can charge big money for it. The novel is filled with characters, settings, places, and big events. It’s a smorgasbord of delight!
But that means it’s 100,000+ before you begin editing. You cut the excess and shed about 20,000 words. It’s lean and mean, and you begin the querying process.
You rewrite, rewrite, rewrite, and send your story out in the world. And the work continues. I don’t mind the work, in fact, I enjoy it. At this particular moment in history though, I’m kinda tired of it.
So, I began anew. Flesh out the characters, improve the settings, start with one chunk at a time, and write the absolute best I can.
It’ll come together, and then I will polish it some more. So, if you’re struggling, just keep going. You’ve got this, and one day we’ll cross the finish line.

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