Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Word Count Equivalent

I've been reading about publishing and I continue to learn important things. With a full novel complete, above 85,000 words, I'm also considering shorter stories as well. In my research, I find this:

Classification Word count
Novel over 40,000 words
Novella 17,500 to 40,000 words
Novelette 7,500 to 17,500 words
Short story under 7,500 words

I think a short story would be fun to put together. How does one go about cutting all the extra words? How does one go about cutting the plot down to nearly nothing? Sure, I can simplify, but when a story is in your head, (you know what I'm talking about), it pours out, and quickly jumps past the 'short story' stage of a mere 7,500 words.

I guess I'll give it a run. I'll post it on my website when it is complete. Maybe I'll post it as I go. We'll see.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Changes to Sweetwater Springs

Sometimes, the difficulty is in choosing which of the two good ways is better. I've been going over the beginning of Sweetwater Springs and have made some changes. I think I like these changes and am interested in your thoughts too. After working so long and so hard on this project, I find that being open-minded about changes can be a struggle. At the same time, though, at some point I feel like the 'whatever' response is appropriate and I make the change anyway, only to find that it may not be the best way. I'm hoping this change will please the readers. Making the final decisions prior to publication will be a challenge - I can already see that. Since I'm always interested in improving my work, your comments are always appreciated.

Friday, August 14, 2009


LOTS of new content on alextaylorwolfe.com! Check it out and tell me what you think of these first postings! More content is on it's way, more chapters, more stories. Sometimes they just 'pour' out of me. I'm excited to have more content up!

Website is looking much better now!

Take a look at my website at alextaylorwolfe.com and read the Synopsis for Sweetwater! More stories will be getting posted soon! Let me know what you think of them.