On Valentine’s Day, I announced that I was turning The Moreau Witches short story series, into a full-length novel. The plan was to keep it short, at just 50,000 to 60,000 words. And as of Tuesday night, I crossed the 25,000-word threshhold — putting me just beyond the halfmark.
If truth be told though, at 26,804 words in, I’ve only just begun to use and edit excerpts from the original series. This just might mean 60,000 words is not enough to contain the full story, as it continues to unfold. But we shall see!
I’ve felt more inspired working on this novel than I have in a very long time. I’ve been burning down plantations, toying with vodoo, inciting scandal, and navigating the uncertainty faced by the nobility in post-revolutionary France.
Boredom is a long way off for me, and I hope when the book is finished, it captivates your attention as it has for me, so far.
There are other developments related to the publishing and printing of the novel that are also in the works, but all will be revealed in their own time.
For regular — almost daily updates — on the novel’s progression, you can also follow this thread or the #MoreauWitches hashtag on Twitter. I’ve included some of the highlights below.
— Alexis Chateau 🇯🇲 (@alexischateau_) February 14, 2018
— Alexis Chateau 🇯🇲 (@alexischateau_) February 21, 2018
Tonight, I spent 1,859 words on Haitian Vodou, burning plantations, and poisoning the bourgeoisie in #MoreauWitches. 😂 Total word count = 24,092! What adventures have you guys been up to, today? O_O #authorconfession #writerslife #turtlewriters
— Alexis Chateau 🇯🇲 (@alexischateau_) February 25, 2018
Thanks again to everyone who continues to cheer me on, on my writing journey. The witches are forever grateful for your encouragement.
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