Ok, I admit it. I’ve been working at National Novel Writing Month for a few years. Usually, I get about 10,000 words and konk out. Last year after completely revamping about 25,000 words and adding 25,000 new words I made the 50,000-word count.
Woo Hoo. I’m a winner.
I thought I did well. I have a story with a beginning, a somewhat exciting middle, and an end. Characters are a little flat but I can always go back in and fluff them up a bit. Well, I can fluff up the ones I didn’t kill. In fact, revising and editing to get a polished draft to send to a professional editor, SimplySO, has sort of fallen off the radar. And now it is nearly November and time to get going again.
So what am I going to do? Write a sequel of course! Bringing in new aspects for the characters will give me a chance to round them out more for both novel’s sake. And even though the key is getting 50,000 mostly non-edited words written during the month, I will have a chance to reread and get to know my characters, their relationships, and settings better.
Everyone has their favorite writer quotes. My favorite is from Stephen King. He once wrote that sometimes he just killed characters when he got tired of thinking up things for them to do. I chuckle every time I reread that quote and think about some of the people he has killed over the years.
So come on out and sign up: National Novel Writing Month
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