Why I Dislike The 10k Word Stage When Writing A First Draft #MondayBlogs #Writers


In my experience the 10k word stage of a first draft is both a strange and challenging time.

For my stories, reaching 10k words is like entering the Bermuda Triangle, some come out the other side, some take a completely new course and some are…never seen again. 

Over the years I have come to fear the 10k word stage. Things never go to plan and for me there is always some sort of creative heartbreak. As my word counter clocks 9,500 the new characters of my first draft will be casting me worried glances (they will have listened to the rumours from my other characters about the dreaded ten thousand word stage), my heart will be pounding and dark shadows will have started racing across the walls.

I would rather battle through the fictional wasteland of 20k words, struggle through the plot quicksands found at 40k and endure the…

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About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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