Tuesday, April 8, 2008

When Is It Enough?

My current WIP has the working title of Very Much Alive, something that may or may not last when the story is done. (For instance, Beta Testing became Sweet Dreams after the re-write.) It was (and still is) intended to be a story of novella length for the Menage and More anthology.

My small, teensy-weensy, problem?

The characters want it to be full-length.


I keep wrinkling my nose and shaking my head and wondering why everything seems so... rushed. Dusty asked me why we weren't seeing more of the main bad guy when he read what I currently have. I have roughly 7k words to play with... and it doesn't seem like enough.


I've read stories where there was too much. Too much interaction, too much exposition too much explanation, too much... aren't they done yet? No? zzzzzz...

So I have to decide; is this a case where more is better (like anything involving Godiva chocolate)? Or should I follow the "good things come in small packages" (also like Godiva) and work on, er, making it work?

I will figure it out, eventually, after much wailing, gnashing of teeth, and a lot of editing.

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