Discovery Writing

National Novel Writing Month ended last week. I did not quite make the goal I set for myself but I did accomplish much.

Being a discovery writer had its advantages and disadvantages. For those who aren’t sure what I’m talking about, let me explain. A lot of writers use outlines, very detailed, they go through the entire store in short form and all that’s left is to write it out. This manner of writing is advantageous in that, once you have the outline, you can write along to your hearts content. I have tried outlining, not only do I hate it, but my story grows and changes too much during the writing process. This makes me a discovery writer. I have a general premise of the story, where I want it to go etc. But mostly I just write and go with what ever story develops as I work. I come up with new ideas, plot keys and even characters as I go.

So, while I did not make my writing goal, I did also come up with two good plot keys, a great foreshadowing scene, created a new character and came up with a story arc to carry us into the next book.

I am very happy with my progress over last month and am on track still to finish the first draft by the end of January.

Happy writing! And wish me luck.

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