31,304 / 15,000
I spent more time on it than I'd planned, but I don't regret it. Ember was sitting on my hard drive at 1,500 words for at least a year. I just could not motivate myself to write it for sale. But once I started writing for fun and web content, the story just took off.
Perhaps the reason for my hesitation was that I have a longer story set in the same world that I like better. The other story, Rohais is also first person narrated. I was beginning to think the narrative voices of the two main characters were a bit too similar. The funny thing is, now that the story is finished, I don't think Ember sounds too much like Rohais.
So, what have I learned.
- Writing is fun.
- I do not need the motivation of a deadline to finish a story (but it helps).
- I shouldn't talk myself out of stories I haven't written yet. Maybe the things I'm worried about won't be a problem.
- Some stories run longer than you think they will, and that's OK.