Writing a novel is certainly a lot different than writing a play, a poem or a short story. First of all you need at least 60,000,000 words. So far I have 38,001. I think the last word was “help!”
I’m sure every author struggles with this massive number of words and how to choose them without becoming redundant or repeating yourself. Oh, did I just say that? Anyhow, I am a self taught artist. I’ve tried most of the arts at one point or another in my life. I’ve never excelled at any of them, but I truly can say I’ve tried.
I’ve actually written a couple of children’s books, a screenplay and countless plays, but I’ve never tried this genre. I used to write everything down in a notebook. Now I rely on my computer, because I can no longer read my own writing. Often my computer comes up with its own words and actually takes on a mind of its own.
Relying on your computer is not always best either, unless you back up your work – send unfinished copies to your friends to save – make about 45 flash drives just in case your computer crashes and you lose it all. I know this from personal experience.
As I’ve gotten deeper into this process, I’m finding that my characters are also making their own choices. I’ve determined that an outline is pointless for this reason, because as soon as I start to follow a plan, the various personalities take a whole new turn. Maybe this is one of the exciting parts to writing. You’re never certain where your story will take you.
I wonder if my story will ever be resolved – how it will end – if it will end. Worr