Someone once said, "Inside every fat book is a thin book trying to get out . . ." I can't help myself--I write "fat" books! I've tried to write books under one hundred thousand words, but no matter how hard I try, I just canât seem to lose the weight.
My very first novel started out at over two hundred thousand words--and became a trilogy. I've tried writing short stories and they turn into novellas. I've tried novellas and they turn into full blown novels. I'm a hopeless lover of deep characterization and back story, lots of action, and page-turning plots, something nearly impossible for me to do in less than one hundred thousand words. Plus, I want my readers to feel like theyâve just eaten a ten course meal when they finish one of my thrillers.
Don't get me wrong, there is definitely a place in this world for short stories, novellas, and novels under a hundred thousand words. I just won't be writing them anytime soon.