After unsuccessfully trying to get the following discussion into one or two tweets, I decided to write a post about it. The thing is…
My current project – Hidden People – is going to turn into two books. My first draft is close to 60,000 words at the moment; and according to my targets on Scrivener, the entire first draft will end with about 70,000 words. However, I want one book to be at least 90,ooo. (Sorry if this is a lot of numbers.)
I know where I want the first book to end, but the plot isn’t providing me with that word count. I am nearly finished with everything I want in the first book, but it’s too short for my liking.
The question is – Should I take things from the sequel into the first? Or should I come up with a new subplot to fill up the first book? Or should I turn it into a single but longer book? (I don’t know what the expected word count for the sequel is.)
Yeah, I don’t know if any of this makes sense; but please feel free to share your thoughts or experience if you have dealt with a similar issue. Thanks!