My Struggles With Novel Writing

As I have mentioned before, I am currently working on a novel and I have to admit I am struggling mightily. My main problem, I believe, is pacing. I am so used to writing these 300-600 word stories (which I seem to be good at) that I’m having a really hard time trying to get the novel going.

I would not say I have any type of “writer’s block”. I have roughly 2000 words done, and these are good words, stuff I will be able to use. I’m just having such a hard time putting everything together. I’m also having a difficult time translating my normal style (funny) to a longer form. It’s not that I’m trying to force myself to be funny in my writing, but it seems to me my stuff works the best when there is some humorous elements.

Anyhow, I have heard a lot of writers say how difficult it is to tell a story in a small amount of words. That, I think I can do, but for the life of my I don’t know if I have it in me to tell an interesting story in 60,000 words without writing a 600 word story and then just repeating the word “umm” 59,600 times followed by “The End”.

I guess on the positive side I did get a little idea this morning and was able to translate that into the novel. I just may have something here. I feel excited about it, at least for now.

P.S. I’ve posted a picture of “Frank” I made in Microsoft Paint a while ago, because I think he’s pretty cute. I created him for a little story I posted here last year. If you want to read it, use the search thingy on the right of this blog and search for the word “Frank”.

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