Friday, October 5, 2012

Tornado C is way too long.

While Tornado C has been going slowly, I prefer to think that it's marinating, like a good steak. The longer it marinates (within reason) the better it will be when completely cooked.

Yesterday I cooked 25,000 words worth of steak. (The current count is actually somewhere past 26,000 now.) Yes, sir, Tornado C finally (after an arduous struggle) hit the big 100 pages mark! Unfortunately, the length problem has continued...I'm still not finished with Chapter Six. In fact, that (and Chapter Five) are ending up so long that I'll probably split them in half during my revisions and lengthen my novel by two chapters.

This also means that, if my other chapters follow the same pattern, the projected word count of Tornado C has increased to 100,000 words. (My longest novel to date is a little more than half that much.) That's four hundred pages. Insane. Especially since I'm only writing the novel from two point-of-views, and I haven't even introduced the second POV yet.

My sister keeps telling me that she “respects long novels” (and long chapters) but they sure take an awful long time to write.

On the flip side though, I'm enjoying the novel, and especially the characters. For instance:


“Daren, you blasted Celamarian, I'll kill you if you don't talk to me!”

A hoarse voice drifted up from the dark, gaping hole in the floor. “That's a sorry excuse for murdering [me].”

Elijah breathed a sigh of relief. “At least you're alive, you breadhead.”

“Breadhead? Where did you get that one?” Daren coughed, somewhere in the darkness. “And where are you?”

“I'm still where I was standing before. Is it possible to climb up?”

“Why don't you find out?” Though hoarse, Elijah reflected, Daren's voice hadn't lost any of its sardonic tone. “I can't move. I've got a big mirg blegn plank on my bremmed leg, mishkar helbrein ven negi—”

“I can speak Celamarian,” Elijah said dryly. “Your mother wouldn't be impressed with what you just said.”

^That above example was just written five minutes ago, so, like many of my excerpts, it needs quite a bit of editing. I did edit one thing though: a spoiler. Thus, the brackets. ;)

What about you all? Are you any of you doing some writing? Or are you feverishly preparing for NaNoWriMo and/or being eaten alive by carnivorous schoolwork?

I'm doing all three. ^_^


Rosie said...

I'm writing some back-story for my WIP, doing lots of studying, AND preparing for NaNoWriMo. lol!

Pathfinder said...

Absolutely love your dialogue.

Eruantien Nenharma said...

Long novels are awesome! ^_^ And yours sounds amazing.

Er... planning a sci-fi/military for NaNo this year. And trying to edit last year's NaNoNovel.

And my schoolwork is definitely eating me alive... I can't concentrate on it, which is bad, because I'm currently failing Geometry and Biology. :/ But it's not my fault! I want to write! I don't want to do equations and figure out hybridism of pea plants!

Anonymous said...

Go long novels!!! I just hit 100 pages, too - WOOT!! Except I also just hit 62k.

Ooh, that is so cool! I really liked that last part about him saying stuff in a different language - people who do that always intrigue me. : )

Yes, I'm writing and LOVING it. : ) My novel is finally blossoming into what I always hoped it would be - better, actually - and it's all coming together. : ) I'm trying to decide whether or not I want to do NaNo.... I did Camp NaNo back in June and won, but I still need to finish my novel.... And, yes, I'm being eaten alive by carnivorous schoolwork. Taking a break from science this week because I've been working insanely hard on it. : )