I wrote, for the first time in a week, what I try to maintain as a minimum word count -1000 words a day. It was a whole new scene in this, the fourth Jonathan Alvey novel, Corrupted Souls’.
Is it an absolutely necessary scene… probably not. It does introduce a character who will be called on later in the novel so that is nice, but could it be cut without damaging the plot on a whole – yeah.
So why is it there? Because it is. Because it was there in my head and I just do what my Muse tells me to.
But with this scene, I’m already at 75,000 words in the novel. 75,000 words and many important scenes yet to write. Yikes!
So this novel is certainly looking like it will be the longest Alvey novel yet. I’m not worried – things happen in edits. And if I find I’m not cutting swathes out come edit time, and that the novel on a whole is cohesive and strong, then so be it. I have nothing against long novels, either as a writer or a reader, I just keep getting surprised when this one continues to unfurl.
I don’t expect that each one in the series will be end up being longer than the previous. I just think that this one happens to have enough in it, that to tie it all together is taking longer than I expected.