Yesterday, I read about an author who’d taken his time to write a novel… And somewhere between chapter 1 and chapter 30, his main character changed name from Mark to Anthony.
Because he’d written way too slowly. He’d forgotten who his hero was. He didn’t have all his backstory fresh in mind. He didn’t remember the color of his eyes. Even his name, he got wrong.
The author admitted that fast was better, because it keeps you in the flow. You know your characters. You remember details about them, and those are the tiny things that make them come to life.
If you want more tips about how to write and finish your stories faster, you should pick up the interview I made with Lynn Johnston. We call it “How to Finish Your Novel in 30 Days”, and you can use it any time of the year, not just November.