The first draft was at 85,000 words, but it occurred to me that it was a novella. In the first half of the book, 4 chapters didn’t advance the protagonist’s story. When I finished weeding it out, the manuscript length was slightly over 50,000 words. In YA and some romance 50,000 words is a novel-length book, but in fantasy, it is only half a book.
So, I shelved that manuscript, as I had other, more pressing, work to get finished and had nothing of value to add to the tale. I said at the time that I would much rather be known for having written a strong novella than a weak novel.
Those four cut chapters totaled about 16,000 words. Added to that were the words I weeded out in the second…
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