So what is going on in the story that we can review at this point? Are we achieving the goals we set out to achieve for these characters or do they seem further entrenched in circumstance?
The urge to edit as I go is sometimes overwhelming. Though it may positively affect my word count (from time to time) it really does not help things progress.
Two forces are always at war in my head as I'm writing a chapter:
- What details have I left out?
- Am I revealing too much via exposition?
I'm fairly proud that giving up has never entered my mind as an option. Frankly, there's just no reason to give up. Writing a novel is only as difficult as I make and since it is at my own pace there really isn't anything to stress about. I suppose if I had a deadline things would be slightly different but as I continue to track my progress it becomes more and more evident that I can do this.
Writing a novel is not impossible.
Writing a best-seller may be difficult but, let's be honest, it takes practice to make a masterpiece. I don't want to do this for fame or fortune - really, I don't - but because it is the ultimate method of creativity. It's heaven for someone like me. I want to think I was born to write.