I've spent the last week or so writing a new piece that I was planning on entering in this weeks writing comp - I'd come up with a really enjoyable story with some fun characters, and after a quick plan everything seemed good to go. I was aiming for about a 2000 word count, or thereabouts. Usually I don't have trouble writing short pieces, but this one seemed to have other ideas. As soon as I'd got the momentum of the tale going, I knew it wasn't going to fit the intended profile - maybe I'd put too much into the characters, or maybe they just deserved more, but somehow I couldn't limit them. Instead, I'm allowing them the detail they need and letting the story flow at it's own pace - and, funnily enough, it is coming out exactly how I wanted it. Possibly I'm just too much into these characters, but I've written 2000 words thus far and feel like I've only reached the halfway mark. I've given up on this being short enough for a competition piece, so it's much more a labour of love now. I'd much rather the narrative play out in due time than try to limit the word count purely for the sake of the comp. It's not that I couldn't, but that I don't want too. Somehow, I feel it would take something away from the characters. Do you ever find that your piece has a momentum all of it's own?