If there is one thing I learned from those two painful years of studying journalism, it is to state the obvious, even if it is obvious.
Have you ever tried to reach the 50,000 words required for a novel, but as you progressed, you became unhappy with what you wrote because you realized you wrote unnecessary things in order to expand the story — thus degrading the quality of your story? I personally did. Although painful, it made me realize one important element: the importance of words.
If you’re a fellow writer, then you know how difficult it can be sometimes to find what to write next, thus leaving ourselves stuck on a scene for hours (or even days). It happens to me quite a lot, especially in the book I’m currently writing. The big problem with being in this kind of situation is that we may end up getting discouraged, going as far as abandoning the project after losing any hope to find something interesting and coherent to write.
To create a good and compelling story, you need at least the two following ingredients: narration and dialogue. Dialogue plays a great role in the story, which is sometimes overlooked by writers and readers alike.
I’m participating in the Nanowrimo 2016, a 1-month event happening every November where writers from all over the world are challenged to write a 50,000 manuscript. Although I don’t particularly use the forums on the Nanowrimo website, I checked regularly on Twitter the #NaNoWriMo2016 hashtag, which is used by writers to share their word count, motivational pictures, quotes, pieces of advice, but also their fears and their doubts.