Well, the primary writing for The Honorable Thing has wrapped up. Here are the stats for those inclined to look: about 172980 words and about 775 pages. This is far too large for commercial fiction for a new YA book. The man who challenged me to write this said “Give me 70,000 words, and if it’s good, I’ll see what my people can do with it.”
Thus, the flensing. I have to trim 103,000 words from this work, some 59.5 percent. That’s some reduction! It’s OK, though. Some of the material can be repurposed for character studies, blog posts, and other worthy ventures. Short stories, too, I think. We’ll see.
Think Biggest Loser is going for massive reductions? Wait until you see what gets carved out of The Honorable Thing!