14 November 2008

An interesting thing happened on the way to 20k

I have been happily writing towards a 20k wordcount target for the second book, and have run into a couple of interesting things.
First of all, the characters are taking the story into a direction I didn’t quite expect. I am no longer surprised, because this kinda happened with the first book too.
But even more interesting is how they have fleshed themselves out so much more, and have started showing me where things are wrong in the first book. So, I guess this means LOTS more rewriting in the next couple of months. Again, I am glad I haven’t sent out those query letters yet – despite scheduling them in my head for October.
And this is why we keep being told that it is so incredibly important to make sure your novel is the best it can be before you start querying.

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