My first novel. It’s been on my mind for a while now. I always intended to go back to it. Reedit. Rewrite. It’s not dead yet.
But, like with anything, getting started is half the battle. It’s been nice to pull the old story out and spend the time thinking about it. Thank you for putting up with my doubts and answering my questions.
It’s a nice exercise to look at your older writing. I see how much I’ve changed (and hopefully improved) since I put that story aside. As I pulled out the snippets that I posted, I saw some glaring issues with them. I took the time and rewrote them. It wasn’t as hard as I thought.
But, the novel I wrote ended up being about 77,000 words.
From what I’ve read online, fantasy novels should be about 80,000-100,000 words. Even rounding up, I don’t make the minimum. When I set the novel aside, I knew the word count was short. Now, I know that I’ll probably trim a couple thousand words as I tighten the novel again.
This worries me.
How short is too short for a fantasy novel? Is this novel doomed? Or can it be saved?