It finally happened. Last week, I sat down and started writing my novel. My attempt at a longer story than I have ever done before. Yes, I'm shooting for an end of year release, and yes, I might not make it. I know I'll have it written in time, but it's the proofing and editing stages that are currently in question. We'll see what happens.
I'm sure most people think that it is a daunting task. In fact, I used to think that way. Then, under the pen name of B.C. Young, I wrote novelettes and short stories. As I prepared for the novel, I wrote an outline of what I plan to accomplish chapter by chapter.
I realized two things when I did this:
- A novel is just a longer story. Sure there's more character development and description and stuff. But at the end of the day, it's just a long story.
- My outline got the story focused in my mind, but I find that I'm writing against it. I'm changing drastically what the story is and the outline has become more of the back story. Kind of funny how it worked, but I think the novel is improving because of this.