I finally finished writing [the rough draft of] Chapter 13 of The Game of Gynwig, my epic “children’s” fantasy novel. I’m still not very far along; the addition of Chapter 13 puts the book at 37,000 words so far, so it’s still not even a novel yet. By my last outline, there will be 60 chapters, but I’m sure that will change as my plans for the rest of the book continue to change chapter by chapter. I find it’s much more exciting to write when I use the outline as a guide but start out each chapter as if I don’t know where the story will go… that way the story can still surprise me and it makes the actual writing less boring. Unfortunately it means I have to redo my outline after every chapter. Whew.

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