My current NaNoWriMo stats
Still going strong. Some of the Scenes for Harvest Festival have had me typing so fast it was like a brain-to-page translation splurge in real time. When that happens you know you're into the story! You can get a sneak peak at this new horror story on my Facebook page (if you Like the page you'll get updated when there are new posts): Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3. The story won't be there forever, so get it while it's fresh! Another option is to read it on Wattpad (again, only there for a while, then I'll delete it).
Writing is something you learn all your life. That's why I go on writing courses, and read books about the craft. I try and learn something every day. This morning I read an article by Robert Bloch where he complained about books which were padded artificially so they could be sold for more; flimsy ideas stretched into series so even more books could be sold; books written just to catch the current trend and to make more money. He said that it is more important to write a good book than to just try and write a commercial book, with the market and projected sales put before the needs of the story. It's a good lesson.
"The story should be written in the length that is most effective. When the primary consideration is to tailor it for the market, all too often one ends up with the sorry realization that the emperor has no clothes.
Of course, all these admittedly anachronistic notions can and should be dismissed if you're only looking for a fast buck. In such a case, just do the exact opposite of what I've advised here: Get a premise, any kind of a premise you can beg, borrow, or steal; blow it up into the biggest book or the longest series you can manage. Substitute sex for substance and violence for vitality, and God bless."
Robert Bloch, 1986; from "How To Write Tales Of Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction", edited by J.N. Williamson.