My word count estimate for the first rough draft of CLIPPED WINGS may have been way off.
I’m not a PLOTTER (a writer who plans out a storyline in detail).
I’m not an OUTLINER (a writer who creates a story outline before beginning to write).
I’m a PANTSER (I don’t plan out anything; I fly by the seat of my pants). I write the opening chapter and the closing chapter, then let the story develop organically between the beginning (point A) and the ending (point B).
Characters (even though they are fictional) have a way of driving the direction of a story as it develops through their actions, feelings, stubbornness, and drama. Every manuscript I’ve written has been character driven, >CLIPPED WINGS is no different.
I am currently writing chapter 18. I realize now, my word count estimate was not adequate to fully tell the story. Yes, the manuscript is shaping up to be “epic” in length (between 150,000 – 200,000 words), but don’t worry, CLIPPED WINGS is not characteristically “epic” in any other way.
(I should have paid more attention in Algebra Class)
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