One of my CPs, Christina, has just finished her manuscript, which we’ve affectionately named Kill Lil. A huge worry for Christina was that the book would come in at over 100k – she feared it might even reach 110k.
This got me thinking about why some people write ‘long’ and others (I count myself amongst these) write ‘short’. I wondered if there was a correlation between being a pantster or plotter and writing long or short. I’m a plotter – planning features heavily in all aspects of my life. When I start a book I have a full outline, but sometimes that isn’t enough, as I’ve discovered with my new YA – I’ve had to stop writing and do a scene spreadsheet, so I know exactly what is happening all the time.
The reason I think this encourages me to write short is because there isn’t a lot of room for me to deviate from (and maybe extend) my outline – that doesn’t mean I’m inflexible, I will change things that are obviously not working.
Any thoughts on this?