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National Novel Writing Month: Just eight days and 15,000 words to go

There’s one week left in National Novel Writing Month.

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.

Follow Sam’s progress on Twitter @samwritesanovel