Novel Dilemmas

i have ths problem with the novel i started. I love the concept, and i love the voice so far. But i think its starting off slow…and it has too. On top of that i dont know if i can make it a decent length…even WITH boring padding.


 It’s basically about a psychopath living in a small village in the English Countryside. The story is told in first person from the psychopath’s point of view, opening showing his thought processes and the mindset of a deranged killer.

3 Responses

  1. If his thoughts are slow, and thus the opening is, (and you decide you don’t want that, or it won’t sell) chuck in some conflict and/or action.

    That’s what Gay’s been teaching me. Conflict! Tell us in the beginning “who” he is–without neccessarily giving away who he is–what he loves, a conflict or two in his life, his biggest fear, where he’s going, where he’s been, toss in a love interest, make sure there’s some sex fairly early on, and BAM! No more slowness. At least that’s the gist of it.

    I think, with a loud thought, don’t pad it! Don’t worry about its length. If it turns into a novella, let it. Don’t put in stuff just to make it longer. Write this dude’s story, no matter how many words it takes you. It’ll work itself out while you write. Worry about selling it when it’s written.

  2. nice one my ginga ninja, ty

  3. Thanks guys,….awesome suggestion!

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