Last night I had a lightbulb moment that went something like this.
Brain: So why did the Crone show up outside the cave?
Me: *groans and tries to go back to sleep*
Brain: Why did that warrior decide to help them?
Me: …. Oh damn it. You want this simple novella to become a freaking novel, don’t you?
So that’s how estimated wordcount of The Cauldron Bound, my straightforward novella, grew to almost twice its current length (21 000 + 2 new POVs= 35-40 000 words). Bear in mind that this is an estimated wordcount for the pre-beta draft. My beta readers will point out a lot of things that will lead to a longer draft. As will the editor. So I have a strong feeling that the final wordcount will be at least 40 000 words.
But first I need to write the synopsis and figure out all the new plot threads and how they affect the existing ones. ( I can already tell that the story will be much better.) So I will be a bit busy for the next month or two.