So, if your non-fiction offering MUST be in or around the magical 80,000 words, and your current scribble is a little over 135,000 do you cull the difference or enact the epiphany and split the book into two?
I’ve opted to divide and conquer!
The theory is so enticing with its near genius simplicity – it’s just that finding a mid-point (or as near as dammit to one) and then neatly ending phase one…
When you generalise, all projects are overly simple – put a man on the moon, a little bit of brain surgery – you get my drift.
The natural break in “Thomas Payne” isn’t at a nice halfway point – more it sits at about two thirds – so if I cut there, I’m still going to be a reasonable chunk over the desired 80,000.
What was initially greeted with near euphoria and cries of eureka, is now viewed with considerable trepidation and near panic…
Stay tuned and I’ll let you know how I get on!