Today's the last day, kids! Thank for those of you who stuck around. I hope it amused and taught you something new. Also, I want to thank the Veteran Novelists for their thoughtful, useful and encouraging comments. You are all legends in your own rights.
But today, I have one thing a new novelist should know before starting a novel.
And they make one hell of a racket in your head.
Sometimes to the point where you think you're insane. Because really... you sort of are. And that's okay. Because if you were normal, you'd be boring. No one wants that. Except boring normal people. Forget about it.
Talk to your characters like they have minds of their own. If you give them time, they'll start answering. Often in ways that surprise you, yet makes more sense than anything you could have come up with.
Some characters will take over. Even for your muse. If he's a badass who stuffs up your inner frenemies for you, even better. Most of all, love the zoo of different characters in your head.
You created them. And they all love you in their own special ways.
And deep down, I can't really think of anything else quite like it.
Other than that, this is the end of this year's challenge, so I just feel that I need to re-emphasize something from early on.
Nothing is worth the aggravation that comes to a writer who stops writing.
And with that, I bid you good night!