120198 / 150000 words. 80% done!
As that percentage number gets higher, it just gets more and more awesome. And every time I cross a 10k milestone, I can’t believe how far I’ve come. I’ve written over 120,000 words of a novel. I don’t think that will ever stop being cool.
We’re slowly heading into the third act of the novel, which means that an end is conceivable, if not quite in sight. I wanted to finish by the end of May, but I’ll probably end up bleeding into July. I’m not happy about it, because it shortens my summer timeline a lot. But 10k is a good goal for each week, and I don’t want to put too much pressure on the story to move faster for me than it already is.
Entering into a pretty hot scene for Week 14, which is again surprisingly difficult. But I will wrangle this thing into a manageable scene if I have to sweat bullets. This will happen, and I will do it right. I am Determined.
Still not sure about how the action of the third act will unfold, but I guess I’ll address it when I get to it, and hopefully my attempts to stitch together bits of scenes that I’ve had in my head since Day 1 won’t get too choppy or awkward.
For the record, most days I enjoy this story and I like the characters. I consider this a good sign. At least, I hope it is. While there are other things that I want to do with my time, writing this story does not feel like a waste. On the contrary, I mostly enjoy myself. It’s work, but it’s the invigorating kind. I always do better when I have some kind of creative exercise, something that I enjoy that works my brain. Plotting a novel seems to be one of those things.