It's hard to answer a question like this without knowing more of the specifics. Is there an antagonist or is there not?
There is an antagonist, but I would say that the external antagonist is secondary to the internal conflicts.ShayneRutherford said:It's hard to answer a question like this without knowing more of the specifics. Is there an antagonist or is there not?
Thank you. That's probably the best advice. Tea sounds good right now.carinasanfey said:Arshness, you are the only person who can answer these questions, no-one else can tell you with certainty what is the best thing to do. You're panicking, and you're only going to work yourself into a tizzy. Leave it for today, sleep on it, and take a fresh look at the whole thing in the morning.
I would suggest finishing the entire book, as you had planned it, and THEN leaving it for a week or two, reading it and looking at these issues in a fresh light. It will be much easier to figure these things out when the first draft is completely finished. You'll have a much clearer idea of EVERYTHING when you have the whole thing down on paper, and you'll be able to leave it for a while and then go back and look at it somewhat objectively, bearing in mind the possibilities you raise in your post.
Meanwhile, calm down and have a nice cup of tea.
Yes, I might have to do that.KGGiarratano said:My advice is to have someone read the new shorter version and get their perspective. Do they feel it's finished? Were they satisfied with the conclusion?
What's the genre? 150K is a high word count in many genres.
Person vs. self is one of the four classic conflict types (the others are person vs. person, person vs. nature, and person vs. society), so if you have a full story arc, you're probably fine, but like others have said, get a couple people to read it and tell you if it feels like a complete book.Arshness said:*The Antagonist of my first book if left here is less a particular outside entity and more to do with the character's internal conflicts.
Is that allowable?? Is it okay??
I'm so saving this somewhere.Kyra Halland said:Two questions:
What is the primary conflict of the story as you've been writing it so far? (In other words, what is the main story question, the big thing the protagonist needs/wants?)
Is that conflict resolved? (Has the protagonist done/achieved what they needed/wanted?)
I was going to say exactly this. I have an expectation for each book I write, but I don't think I've ever actually hit that expectation. As long as there's a complete story there, it doesn't matter.JRHolmes said:Books are as long as they need to be. There is nothing wrong with that change in length if it tells a good story.
Sometimes it takes a book or two to really suss out the antagonist. I know, I have an antagonist like that as well.Arshness said:So I had my first book all outlined and plotted. I'd set my targets and gone for the gold.
I woke up this morning determined to write 5k words and I got about 4k through them when suddenly, I found the end of my first book.
I am in panic mode.
I just realized that the scene I just wrote would make an excellent ending to the first book, followed by an excellent epilogue.
And that I'm 77k words in, barely halfway through my outline, and that the story, if I complete it as originally planned, would be probably twice that long. (150k likely)
I realized that the part I've written so far has a full character arc with huge development and plenty of plot, but I'm not sure if it has a solid antagonist*.
And that's the only point that holds me back from feeling this might be the end of book 1 of the Dakota Shepherd novels.
*The Antagonist of my first book if left here is less a particular outside entity and more to do with the character's internal conflicts.
Is that allowable?? Is it okay??
Because the rest of the book included my original antagonist that has been seeded into the first half of the book very subtly, but hasn't really reared their head yet.
And now I don't know if I should continue with the original plan of the book or cut the book in half and call it book 1 and 2.
I have a few more scenes I need to go back and write in that would probably drive this to 80k-85k, maybe maybe 90k.
But now I'm so freaking out. I'm afraid if I cut it now, it might be too short, and might not have a proper antagonist?
I'm afraid if I don't, it's going to be too long and really have two plots going on.
Do I cut my original book into two books? Do I not? How do I tell if I should or not?
I don't even know what to do.
I'm with this guy ^^JRHolmes said:Books are as long as they need to be. There is nothing wrong with that change in length if it tells a good story.
I would disagree with this, actually. My first drafts are horrible, and little more than dialogue and who said it. Sometimes, people do things. My second drafts tend to grow several times the size of the first. It's the third sweep where I cut out the unnecessary bits.Steven Hardesty said:Met a pro who said every first draft can be cut by one-third.