Well three days ago I began my second novel. The first novel can wait on the back burner for a little while longer before I go and revisit it for a second draft. I also want to see if I can write the first draft of a second novel through to completion. This new novel I am setting my expectations much lower, doing it in a more traditional 3rd person omniscient past tense style with a target of around 70,000 words.
This novel, here on referred to as the "Ye Olde Egyptian Curse Novel" already has a number of major differences to my first attempt at writing:
· I'm more improved in writing using a past tense - frequent feedback to the original novel and various short story attempts advise I seem to use a present tense style, but keep slipping into past tense, and it's confusing.
· A larger cast of characters spread across what will hopefully be some interesting and relevant sub plots
· Third person POV and already I have left the main protagonist to go to other scenes - my first novel was over 125,000 words (500 pages) from only the protagonist’s POV. Boooooooring.
· I’m doing more structural outlining through the use of Microsoft’s OneNote which has been very VERY handy for a lot of my preliminary research and keeping track of which character is going to be where.
So there it is, another start, another novel, another year.
 Resist the temptation to roll your eyes at another Egyptian theme, the exercise is the main thing
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