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I just read that the average novel is about 130,000 words. Yikes. That's a lot of writing, but for a first time author, I hear 110,000 is the right number. That will be about 440 pages at 250 words/page. The other consideration is how many pages/chapter. Guess I'm going to have to look at some of the novels I've read to see how many pages they average for each chapter.

I started writing in MS Word, but it's not the best tool to write a novel. I needed something that I could develop the characters ahead of time and be able to move things around easily. I did a little research and found StoryMill by Mariner Software (https://www.marinersoftware.com/products/storymill/). You can see a screenshot on the right. It's a pretty slick tool and easy to use. I copied and pasted all my content from word and it was good to go. I can easily develop my characters and see a timeline of the events, as well as where they all fit in.

That's all for now. I wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year!!
BC

 

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12/30/2012

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Happy New Year! We're on 2013's doorstep and I finally got cranking on the book again. I invited a lot of friends to the RK Facebook page and started sharing some of the story.

I also got notified by the Library of Congress that I got copyright protection for the story, so I'm ready to roll.

One thing I've found is that I don't get writer's block, but rather writer's laziness. While it's relatively easy to write, the research required to make the story as realistic as possible is exhausting.

Lots of work left, but you don't finish what you don't start.
 

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