Dreams Awake began as a novel idea, but became a story of awkward length. At 17,000 words, it’s far too long to be a short story, but too small to be a novella. I’ve been sitting on it for a couple of months. One of these days, I plan to take a fresh look at it. It needs a major structural edit, for one. I’ll also examine the scenes to try to find the slow spots. If I think I can pull off removing 10,000 words, next I’ll try to pump up the tension with the rewrite. It’s Psychological Suspense, technically Horror, but right now I feel like a poser just thinking the word.
An excerpt for Dreams Awake is here. Happy Monday!