I suppose I’ve finally reached the halfway mark for a novel with 33,620 words.
I’m okay with my book not being as big as the first, but perhaps I’ll take this as a sign that I’m not overwriting this time? I learned a lot from writing A Raven’s Touch and I’m trying to apply these principles to A Raven’s Revenge.
What have I learned?
1. Don’t add too much action without an explanation
People complained the story was jumping from one action scene to the next
2. Give your characters depth and let them experience emotions
Some reviewers said that Justice/Moira didn’t act like regular teenagers. I’m trying to give them as real emotions as I believe them to have. Hopefully, that works.
3. Show don’t tell.
This is so damn hard, but I’m trying. I need to describe the scene, build it up and make people believe they’re there.
Writing isn’t easy, and whoever says it is is a damn liar. Right now, I’m concerned with getting the first draft out and then I’ll go over everything and flush it out. Fingers crossed I can finish this in a few months.