Almost enough for two books

This morning I started the long journey of bringing order to the first draft of my crime novel – and I couldn’t resist doing a word count.

I had expected roughly 100,000 to 120,000 words, but when I totted it up I was more than surprised – and a little chuffed – at seeing the figure 150,000 on the calculator. That was done in roughly a year.

Experienced writers might smile nostalgically at the naive excitement of a novice, but 150,000 words is a lot of writing.

Yes, quantity is not qualtity. And, yes, there is editing to be done – a lot of it! And it all may amount to nothing, but that’s the gamble we all take.

There are many challenges ahead. The second to fourth chapters need to be rewritten completely. They are also written – for a reason I can’t remember – in the present tense.

Between that and the half way mark of the novel there is no order to the chapters.

Plenty to get on with then!


About Cormac O'Keeffe

I am writing my first novel. It's a crime novel, a thriller set in Dublin's gangland, along the evocative Grand Canal. This blog is about that bumpy journey. And other things, like fiction reviews and non-fiction reviews, many of them published in the Irish Examiner, a daily national newspaper in Ireland. I work as crime and drugs reporter there, and have been since around 2001. Both my personal life and my professional life have fed into my novel, or, rather, have been poured into it. My novel was granted a literature bursary by the Irish Arts Council in September 2014 and my journalistic work has won multiple awards from the Law Society of Ireland over many years, most recently in 2015.
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