This is Awesome.

I’ve previously posted about the varying word count recommendations that I have come across in my research. A few days ago, I stumbled onto Andrew Winkel’s website and he had a link that got me excited ( it’s possible I’ll be the only one).

Are you curious how many words are in your favorite book? I certainly am and I thought this would be a fairly simple thing to find; but, after searching Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and several other sites, I was surprised that the word count was not listed anywhere.

AR Book Find, however, provides the word count. I’d rather research the books that I love and respect and consider their length than take advice from unverified sources. In the big picture, word count, isn’t the final destination; but, I do think it’s a good bench mark in determining whether or not your story is fully developed. See below.

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AR Book Finder

AR Book Finder

Your Homework: What is your word count goal? Break it up and set a daily or weekly goal to get your novel finished.

Saturday: The Spark will update tomorrow. Visit it each and every Saturday for your weekly writing prompt.

This blog updates each Friday and Saturday with writing resources, prompts, and of course, the random things I decide to post. Feel free to contact me here or find me on GoodReads @ https://www.goodreads.com/hkidder. Follow me on Instagram at: Everythingonpaperisperfect or on Pinterest @ paperpinning

Contact Email: everythingonpaperisperfect@yahoo.com

Poetry Publishing Resource

Below, find a snapshop from Persea Books. They will be accepting entries in September for a new poetry book release. Go to: http://www.perseabooks.com/poetryprize.php for more information.

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Your homework: Do you have poems you want to publish? Not yet? Well, go write some my friend!

Saturday: The Spark will update tomorrow. Visit it each and every Saturday for your weekly writing prompt.

This blog updates each Friday and Saturday with writing resources, prompts, and of course, the random things I decide to post. Feel free to contact me here or find me on GoodReads @ https://www.goodreads.com/hkidder. Follow me on Instagram at: Everythingonpaperisperfect or on Pinterest @ paperpinning

Contact Email: everythingonpaperisperfect@yahoo.com

Treat – a poem

Below find a #PaperPerfectOriginal. I originally wrote this a few years ago with a slightly different spin. I have re-worked it and I’m happy with my final result. I’m working on another one now and the last two lines need work, but it’s almost there. I hope you enjoy my dark little story.

Heather Kidder 2015
Heather Kidder 2015

Your Homework: Dark or a ray of sunshine, look for something that makes your toes wiggle and use that emotion to write a difficult scene for a character that needs development.

Saturday: The Spark will update tomorrow. Visit it each and every Saturday for your weekly writing prompt.

This blog updates each Friday and Saturday with writing resources, prompts, and of course, the random things I decide to post. Feel free to contact me here or find me on GoodReads @ https://www.goodreads.com/hkidder. Follow me on Instagram at: Everythingonpaperisperfect or on Pinterest @ paperpinning

Contact Email: everythingonpaperisperfect@yahoo.com

Update on Sarah Blue

I’ve been hoping (planning?) to finish Sarah Blue by this summer. After a big timeline change a few weeks back, I was exhausted and not too excited to finish the paper edits. It’s amazing how you can love and hate something you’ve created. I’ve been ironing out the bumps that appear with a timeline change and I’m finally done. Happy dance!

I can finally work on the next set of edits, which I am excited about. Only other writers can understand the triumph of watching your word count grow and knowing you’ve got the words in the right place. Word count doesn’t mean anything, if all the words stink.

 

 

Heather Kidder

Watching the story grow and your characters mature and make better (or sometimes worse) decisions is such a joy. I know one of my characters is lacking at the moment, my police detective; but I will get him where he needs to be, eventually. I want him to be strong, confident, and knowledgeable. So far, he’s two for three.

It’s hard for him to know things that I don’t know; thankfully, I have a few friends to lean on to help me when it comes to The Shield. Regardless, I need to pick up a few gritty true-life detective stories to make him completely the way that I want.

I’m sitting at just under 42K words. Varying blogs and books tell you to get in a word count of 40-60k, others tell you not to be a word under 75K, others 90K. In reality, I’m going to write the story until it’s done and the word count be damned; but I know if I want to sell it, I have to play by the rules – though I’m fairly certain none of the Greats got there by doing that.

Your Homework: Focus on an area in your story that you aren’t an expert in – now go study it.

Saturday: The Spark will update tomorrow. Visit it each and every Saturday for your weekly writing prompt.

This blog updates each Friday and Saturday with writing resources, prompts, and of course, the random things I decide to post. Feel free to contact me here or find me on GoodReads @ https://www.goodreads.com/hkidder. Follow me on Instagram at: Everythingonpaperisperfect or on Pinterest @ paperpinning

Contact Email: everythingonpaperisperfect@yahoo.com