I’ve replotted out my Shakes novel and can happily state that it’s going to be 22 chapters long. I feel that the characters get out everything that needs to come across within this time frame. I didn’t plan for this to be a series, it is a stand alone as of right now. However I’m leaving the option open for more. Maybe one day one of the characters will start screaming about a change or dilemma that will bring a sequel.
When reading a novel that I love, I dislike when the ending comes because the adventure is over. And it’s a pleasant surprise should a sequel come after it. I’d feel like I’d be jipping other reader’s who are like myself, by making an ending that is so final that nothing can come from it.
Stretching out my arms and cracking my knuckles before digging in. 🙂