Oh my, this is just brilliant. When I opened the document for chapter 3 this afternoon, I had 50 words. I’ve been writing on and off for several hours (approximately 5 hous) and I’ve finished the chapter and started chapter 4. It was difficult getting started (with chapter 3). I knew what I had to write about but I wasn’t sure of the angle I wanted to use. After two false starts I finally hit on the right one and away I went.
The tension in chapter 3 picks up a lot. The reader knows something is going to happen but they don’t know what. Then “snap”, and … well, you’ll have to buy the book to find out what happens. 😉
My word count is based on “words per page” not what the word processor calculates. Like all novels, publishers want certain lengths in manuscripts (especially for unknown, unpublished writers) so when I work on a manuscript that isn’t a short story, I always calculate words in the proper way.
My word count is 236 words per page and it seems that I like 8 pages per chapter because all three chapters have panned out at eight pages. Remember, this is a children’s book so eight to ten pages is plenty. Anyway, this means I’m averaging 1,888 words per chapter and if this keeps up I won’t reach the 35,000 word target but that doesn’t matter either because as long as my final count is between 25,000 and 40,000 words…I’m fine.