30,000 words, woo hoo! It feels like I've written a hard-earned million words on a book that has taken my thoughts and dreams for over two years now.
I'm a very slow writer, with short poems my preferred style. A sci-fi novel is quite a stretch. My re-write is taking 28 chapters and telling a complete story in each. 1 down, 27 to go!
This re-write takes my MC from age 17 down to age 14, aiming for the middle-grade reader.
My son told me that because my MC puts on lip-gloss in chapter 1, it's a girl-book. Oy!
What indicators do you use in Chapter 1 to tell the reader that the book is geared primarily for one type of reader? (e.g. Boys or Girls?)