(Listening to - "Joliet" Jake Blues - Sweet Home Chicago)
After a rather productive day, I'm getting very close to the ending of my latest WIP. I was originally (and rather optimistically) aiming for a approximate word count of 40,000 words. I was WAY off. At this rate, it'll just crest 25,000 words.
This got me thinking about story length.
My personal belief is that a story is as long as it needs to be and no more, whether that be 25k or 250k. While I'll add a scene here and there in the edit, I'll only do it where the story needs it.
I've seen writers on forums who, on reading a post about someone coming up short, recommend that they "just throw in some scenes to bump it up." Pardon my internet swearage, but WTF?
The most important part of writing is the STORY. Why the hell would you jeopardise that with bloated or unnecessary scenes for the sake of a few extra k on the word count? It baffles me to no end.
Yes, it's true that agents and publishers have certain word counts in mind for each genre, but, as any agent or publisher worth their salt will tell you, if the story's good, the word count is irrelevant.
Thur. My piece has been said.
Opinions? Views? Rebuttals? Random comments about the downfall of western civilisation being linked to the increase in imported oranges?
PS. I'm aware that this post reads a little "strawman"y. Sue me.
PPS. Don't sue me. I'm broke.