It’s kind of hard to put into words how I feel about the third book in the Mystic Series. Last year, while I was writing the book, it seemed like I would never finish it.
There were two reasons for that:
One: I was simultaneously writing another paranormal romance – Lachlan’s Curse (which I did complete early 2014 but that’s a whole other blog post).
Two: the book ended up longer than my target goal of 83,000 – 85,000 words. In fact, the word count after the last round of publisher edits was @92,000 words.
Because I am a die hard plotter, in my mind, this shouldn’t have happened. Obviously I took a wrong turn in Albuquerque or something.
Why so long?
Well, the short answer: that’s how long the story is. For those of you following this series (and I thank you very much!) this is Devlin Ward’s book.
Devlin is a virginal satyr who has a boatload of childhood drama to deal with before he can obtain his happily every after. Lucky for him, his heroine, Mary (aka Ma’at) is more than ready to take accept the challenge.
And believe me, it was a challenge for me too. Even though I know this world well it didn’t make writing their story any easier. When I realized that the first draft would clock in around 95,000 words, I had a choice to make – stop writing and figure out what was wrong or keep writing because maybe nothing was wrong.
While that sounds incredibly insane, I know from first hand experience that I can be my own worst enemy (hello, Doubt Monster).
In the end, I decided to keep writing and see what would happen because I’m crazy like that. I figured, why not? I can always delete stuff later (which I did).
This past weekend, I read the book again after a final round of edits. And guess what? The length felt just right for Devlin and Mary.
So is there a moral to this blog post? Yes!
Don’t fear the delete key. And don’t be afraid to just see what’s going to happen next.
8 thoughts on “Third Time’s A Charm”
Gah! I’m so excited to read this!!!!
I sure hope you enjoy it. You won’t have to wait long. It’s coming out this month. I have to admit that Devlin cracks me up. I have no idea where he gets it from 🙂
Congratulations on finishing, Casey! It’s a good feeling, huh? I had the opposite problem with White Heart of Justice — thought it was too short. But came to the same conclusion: the story is as long as it is. Deleting necessary scenes or stuffing a book with filler is never a good idea.
Hope you’ve been doing well!
Thanks Jill. The book is coming out this month. And I know what you mean about writing shorter than expected too. I finished a contemporary romance this summer and instead of full length, it turned into a category romance. I took a chance and entered it in HQN’s So You Think You Can Write Contest.
Good luck, Casey!! 🙂
Congrats, sweetie! Third time is a charm!
Thanks, hon! Hard to believe this is my fifth published book in two years! I can’t wait to read your next book 🙂
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