13,500 Words. I’m Slacking!

img_2351-23I had to rewrite about 2,000 words of my latest medical thriller today.

I had this great scene, and I said, this happens, then this, then THIS… what  great plot twist! What a cool surprise!

Readers will love that!

Then I realized I had people speaking Ukrainian when they were supposed to be in London.


AAAND I remembered all that cool stuff needed to happen partially out of view of the reader, otherwise – no surprise!


So – rewrite!

Then I added another however many words to finish the chapter on a cliffhanger, and we are right back to it!

TERMINAL draft 1

Now, I’m fighting a head cold, so I could pack it in for the day after write this, or I could write until 11pm, but the smart thing says, since I have tomorrow off, to hit the hay early and get up early and write then.

I feel bad that I didn’t add another 2k to the story today…

but if this thing was to end up at 60k (ha, who are we kidding? a book as short as that – from me?) then I’d be almost 25% of the way through and could conceivably finish in 3 times longer than I’ve spent already, or roughly… let’s see… Nov 22 at 9am until Nov 26 at 8pm, so roughly… 5 working days? So, three times that would be about two and a half more weeks? FOR A COMPLETED NOVEL?

Ha, gang, even I wouldn’t set that as a goal.

Or would I???

No, Ima write this sucker the way I want, and then edit it down to the bare bones, so I’m estimating 85k because at 13k we haven’t even scratched the surface! But you never know! It will be done when it’s done, and it will encompass the story I want to told. That’s all I can tell you right now.

But we’re 13.5k into however long it’s gonna be, and we have about 4 solid writing days plus part of Thanksgiving Day to write before the real world creeps in again, then the Christmas holidays come, which, for my kid’s school is 3 weeks long, so it’s entirely possible we bring this in at 105k in mid-January.

I’ll keep you posted.

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International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

4 thoughts on “13,500 Words. I’m Slacking!

  1. You are doing great, Dan. You can set very tight deadlines for creativity. The story needs to develop in its own way. I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving with your family. PS, the new cover for The Navigators which just happens to line up with my comment on your sidebar, is fantastic.

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