Hey guys! :D
Sorry that I haven't posted in a while ... I've been so into my story that it and studying for finals is pretty much all I've been doing (and applying for summer internships and jobs)!
So I think I have finally sorted out all the details of my characters (YAY!). I don't want to give to much away just yet in what I mean by that, but I think I've finally figured out a way for the characters in The Zebra Stripes to not be so complicated that it looks like I added everything but the kitchen sink, but also not too bland so it's like every other story in my genre.
So yeah, word count right now is: 46,760!
But I still have a lot of edits to do since I'm taking out certain characteristics and adding new ones (I had to delete like 5,000 words the other day because of the changes ... it was SO SAD, especially since it takes me SO long to write 5,000 words!). My "goal" is for the first draft to be around 70,000 words give or take; but if I don't get there that's fine (my first book's first draft was about 57,000 words but the final draft is now about 69,000 words ... so I know editing will probably add to it).
It is hard though, because I'm still doubting myself a little bit because I want my book to be unique, but I don't want it to stray too far off from my original idea (which was inspired by another series I've read), but then I don't want my book to be too much like the series (though I think I got that down; I'd say only the general idea and concept). It's like, I have so many ideas that I want to use that all connect to my story in one way or another, but I'm afraid that I might be overdoing it and I should only stick to like 2 of the ideas instead of all like 5, you know? *Sigh, sometimes it's frustrated to have too many ideas because I over think things WAY too much ...
So I think that's all for now folks! :)