I've worked hard this morning. I finished off chapter four, and began chapter 5.
It was missing something, and I'm not entirely sure it has enough pizzazz but the main thing now is to get it all down, then I can tweak it. So I did change it and managed to create two chapters :)
Muse is enjoying this wip. I'm actually pretty glad I'm entering the competition, because I think it suits this story to have a shorter novel. Ever since my Muse put a spanner in the works by making Safiya a Blossom Princess (title not confirmed but she'll still be that person), it meant a subplot for DD had to be dropped. It's weird how 6 chapters in I'm already at 12k (in editing some of the chapters are likely to be split up.
I love children's books. I love how much emotion gets packed into the stories. They are fun and take me to another world.
I think in the past I've been afraid at writing fiction for readers below YA because of the length issue. I always thought that my ideas would be too many and that shorter stories weren't for me. I know they can be written, because so many people do. But it turns out that stories write themselves. They figure out the appropriate length and appropriate age group. Some stories for 9-12 year olds are quite short, others are a little longer. I don't feel that I'm cutting anything out from the story, it feel right to have a halved word count to my normal one.
I used to think that you could only really write one way (yes I was somehow ignoring the fact that some authors write books in several different genres). Then I was looking forward to having a few different genres myself. Now I'm learning about creating stories of different length. I think this will widen my range of stories in the future, and I no longer screw my face up at anything below 50k.
For those of you who write, what's the latest thing that you've learnt about being a writer? For those of you who read (as well or instead of writing), what's the latest thing you've learned about authors?