I’m now 20,000+ words into the first draft of my novel.
It’s an interesting experience. I had a rough idea of the story before I started, but the more I write the more ideas are created. I think this is a result of letting the characters do what they want. A few characters have shown themselves to be different from how I had first pictured them. One minor character has become integral to the plot, and thus is no longer a minor character.
It’s as if they are actors auditioning for a role in my story. Some make the grade, some don’t.
I’ve also decided to increase the novel length to 100,000 words, up from the previous 80,000. This is because the average novel length is around 100,000, and I want to give this story every chance of getting published. I want to give the agent or publisher as few reasons as possible to reject it.