Let’s Write a YA Novel – Part 4 (The 20,000 Word Hump)

PRE-BLOG POST ANNOUNCEMENT: Castor is now available for pre-order from Harmony Ink. So go pre-order it! You know, if you want to. I guess you could also wait for it to come out and get the Amazon preview thing before paying any money. That’s a good strategy. I do that all the time.

(I’d really like it if you pre-ordered it though.)

And now on to the blog post!

I have a strong suspicion that most published authors start a greater number of novels than they ever finish. There are probably exceptions, from the hyper-productive bestsellers who can turn out a new installment of a series in a matter of months to the labor-of-love types who work on the same book for a decade, but that particular maxim is certainly true for the authors I know.

I’ve seen a lot of anecdotal support for the notion that the twenty-thousand word mark is where you’ll often begin to see the signs of a troubled manuscript. It’s the point at which that shiny new idea that seemed so full of promise begins to feel like a frustrating puzzle box that you can’t seem to crack. The characters who started out so clear and distinct begin to blur and merge into each other; that all-important ‘voice’, the one thing you were sure would come easily this time around, is beginning to fall flat; the plot is going nowhere.

And oh look, this other shiny new idea has started coming to the forefront of your mind every time you sit down to write. Maybe if you just put this current project on hold for a few days…

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