Why I Write “€œFat” Books Instead of “€œThin”€ Ones

goldfish jumping out of the water

Someone once said, “€œInside every fat book is a thin book trying to get out . . .”€ I can’€™t help myself–€”I write “€œfat”€ books! I’€™ve tried to write books under one hundred thousand words, but no matter how hard I try, I just can’€™t 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 they’€™ve 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.

Be Sociable, Share!

Comments

  1. Shaney :

    Having no long books in the world would be like eating only fast food! There is definitely room in the world for “ten course dinner”. 🙂

  2. Shaney’s right–there’s plenty of room for variety! Personally, I don’t think I would have the patience to write a “fat” book, so I’m glad there are people like you, Theresa! Thanks, Michael!

  3. Fat books are fine IF the material isn’t repetitious and redundant. Adult fiction is often overwritten and too wordy—not you, though, Michael! 😉

    Lurlene

  4. I am enjoying “The Master’s Quilt”. The story line covers the priests killing the Paschal Lamb at night.
    I have a question: I thought that the Paschal lamb was killed before sundown on the Day of Preparation which would coincide with Jesus’ crucifixion. Is there a variance according to Jewish tradition?

Speak Your Mind

*