Hey guys! So yesterday I set out on a mission to get my 45,000 word novel up to 50,000 words. Today, I just so happened to achieve that goal. I couldn't help but do the happy dance. This novel of mine started out as a wee thing, only 42,000 words long. After receiving some very helpful advice in the WriteOnCon forums I managed to bump up the word count some. Now, for the very first time in my writing career, I can say that I've written a novel that is actually novel length.
I once thought there was no way I could possibly make this novel longer, but I did. My motivation for this was the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. I've been thinking about giving the 2013 contest a go. I'm happy to at least have the option to now that my novel is long enough. I think 50,000 words is a safe word count for contemporary YA. One of the things I focused on while I was adding was dialog. There were a lot of places where I could add more action, so I did.
One thing I learned from all of this: I definitely can write a longer novel. All it takes is a little more patience.
That's it for me guys. Congrats to those of you who made it into the GUTGAA pitch round. Congrats to those of you who made it into the final round. I read some of the entries and there's a lot of talent out there. I haven't forgotten about my 200th follower contest, which I think is going to be more of a giveaway.
Have a wonderful day! I guess this means I'll be blogging frequently again.