There’s one week left in National Novel Writing Month. Has three weeks of what the NaNoWriMo officials refer to as “literary abandon” been everything I expected? Yes, actually, right down to the Red Bull-fueled nights. I’ve learned a lot of things the past three weeks that I can apply as I wrap up my novel:

1. The way one envisions a story and the way it actually manifests itself may be very different! It’s really like a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure process. Allow it to happen. Everyone has different writing styles, so take each comment and criticism with a grain

of salt.

2. Characters are what drives a story. If each of them doesn’t have substantial thought and body, there isn’t much of a story at all.

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