…Or making hard choices while revising your novel
Whenever I write a novel, or short story, so many ideas come to me that I immediately write down as I’m going on along. I have so much fun with my characters I sometimes wonder if I’m getting enough interesting scenes into the story. I start to worry that I’m having too much of a good time listening to my characters bantering back and forth to make them feel more real and alive, that I start to wonder whether or not there’s enough action going on in the book. When that happens I start coming up with more scenes that help get the readers’ pulses pounding.
But then when I go back to start the second draft I look back over the entire story and find that word count is much higher than I originally planned. I try to aim no higher…
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