Before you send me hate mail, you’ll be glad to know that the break is almost done. Back in October, while waiting for my editor to start on Burning with Angst, I began working on a novella. My intent was to challenge myself in several ways. One goal was to write within a confined space. My books aren’t short (usually weighing in at about 130,000 words), and a novella is roughly between 18-40,000 words. I wanted to tell a 30,000 word story in ten chapters. 35,000 words later, the rough draft is complete. Close enough.
Another goal with the novella was to become more efficient at writing. I’ve got enough stories in my head to write two to three books a year. Unfortunately, it appears that between the holidays, family, friends, work, and videogames – I haven’t figured out how to compress time and write faster. I wrote this novella at the same pace I tend to write my Angst books. Realistic expectations have once again been reset, for the most part, but this goal wasn’t a win.