The new, exciting way to get that novel done faster
Decide it needs to be one chapter shorter when you have two chapters left to write.
I saw this coming about four days ago, and I’ve been fighting it until today, when I surrendered to the facts: inserting another plot complication or dragging out the one I’m working on won’t fly. I’ve got what I need, and hot-gluing another 3500 words on in a lump would simply get in the way without adding anything useful, sort of like putting a weather vane on a coffin.
This will drop the total word count below the 90k I’m shooting for…but I’ve been weeding as I go, so the next draft may actually get longer. I want to work in more textured descriptions, more character-specific language usage, and other subtleties likely to pump up the WC a bit. Now I’ll have a few more days to do so before WUTA Big Books drop off August 12.