I have just encountered something I never thought I’d see… yesterday I got to the ‘end’ of my novel, with a whopping 20,000 words (so obviously I’m not done). But it certainly read like it would be a great ending, so maybe it could be the end, which means I need to add 30,000-40,000 more words between the beginning and this great end.
My daughter and I had chatted about possible plots, etc. when we first began writing in November and when asked, she mentioned a few ideas to put in my novel. Reading through the ideas yesterday, I crossed off a couple I had already added.
I liked one idea, although I had already written about it. But I kept thinking about it, along with other ideas and after awhile, I was ready to begin writing again.
The story was going great, a possible romance in the future was even hinted at, and then…
‘HE’ showed up.
One thing you probably need to know… I’m not writing an action, mystery, or horror novel. I’m writing a wholesome, decent novel about an Amish family. So when a character shows up, ready (and planning) to do harm… well, let me just say I was more than surprised… I was shocked (considering I’m writing it).
I didn’t know characters could just pop into your novel and make themselves at home, doing whatever they want. I mean Who’s writing this thing, anyway!
When I finally let my daughter read it last night, she said, “Ok mom, now I know you’re really an AUTHOR. If you weren’t, that would never happen.
So alright, tonight after work, it’s back to work on the novel… apparently, it’s not mine anymore – it belongs to the characters.
I sure hope they finish it before the deadline…