I am currently writing a novel based on the Irish tale of the Children of Lir. It is an ancient tale, and my novels usually run between 70,000 words and 110,000 words.
Working title right now is The Enchanted Swans (thanks to Michele Erdvig at Ireland, Yes! for many wonderful suggestions!)
I would like to hold a contest in which you guess the total number of words in the first draft. The person who comes closest wins. The winner gets some variation of his or her name as a character in the novel. It won’t be a main character, as most of those names are already set by the tale. But you could be the weapons mistress, or the queen (oddly enough, she isn’t named in the tales). You could be the main character’s crush, or a bard who helps the children, or the head guard in the great hall. It will have to be modified so it sounds Irish, though. (i.e., Maria might become Maire, William might become Liam). Or I can modify your last name to sound like an Irish name (Johnson would become MacSean, son of John/Sean)
As a hint, I’ve planned out 83 scenes so far, and my scenes run, on average, about 1000 words each. Now, during the course of writing, I add, delete, combine, or extend scenes, but that’s where I’ve started. I’ve currently written 7 scenes so far, and I’m at 7,180 words.
Who wants in? Please reply on this post! It may be a while until I’m finished with the first draft, but I’m hoping it will be before the end of February.
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