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We’re in the home stretch, people. Only six days and ten thousand words left. (Ten thousand words is nothing if you’re already written forty thousand.) I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since the novel writing thing started. I feel like I’ve learned so much already.
Here are a few random observations that may prove useful to writers:
- Sometimes, writing out of order can be good. I had a scene planned in my mind but was avoiding writing it because I didn’t know what came in between the point where I was in the novel and that scene. Eventually, I wrote the scene down (the protagonist finds out that her father has been appointed to a powerful government position). After some more writing, the plot for what happened before this came to me almost immediately. Problem solved.
- The protagonist’s boyfriend turned out… different than expected. I was hoping for more of a nice guy like you usually find in young adult romance novels. But this boyfriend actually has turned out to bear some resemblance to a certain ex-boyfriend of mine. (Note: that’s not a good thing.) Once I finish the novel and start making major edits, I’ll have to decide what to do with this character. I can either keep him as a spoiled, immature brat, or make him a bit more likable. Ultimately, I can only make him so likable, though. The novel’s preliminary title is Betrayed and this character is involved in the betrayal that gives the book its name.
- I haven’t been focusing on editing at all and it’s liberating. This book may be very, very bad right now, but that’s okay.
If you’re doing NaNoWriMo, how’s your novel coming along?