Victoria Alt

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Victoria Alt is a writer who is aspiring to break into the world of Romance publication. Follow her journey through manuscript completions, submissions, the knock downs and all the successes that happen along the way.
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Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Word Count Worries
My NaNo novel is back on track as far as word count is concerned. Today begins chapter four, and so far, the story and characters are progressing as intended. My goal was to aim for chapter lengths of 4000+ words. During this rough draft, they are falling short, which is a recurring theme for me.

I need to learn to fully flesh out my scenes. Descriptions are my weak point. As I've stated before, there are two main reasons why this plagues me. First, I tend to be a tight writer, revealing the specifics and details on a need to know basis. The second is that too much description tends to make my eyes glaze over. I really need to find a healthy and reasonable balance.

Since NaNo is a tight schedule, I will continue on to finish the story as is. Once it's complete, I will go back and see where I can flesh out my characters and scenes. Of course, this works in theory. To win NaNo, you must write 50 000 words by the end of November. My word count goal for this novel is 50 - 57 000 words. If I don't start writing more elaborately detailed scenes, I may finish my story before I even hit the 50 000-word mark.

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Name: Victoria Alt
Location: Lloydminster, Canada
I have been writing for years, although this is my first venture into the world of writing romance.
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