No, I’m not dead yet. I didn’t forget to eat one too many times, really. I promise. Heck, I’ve been trying to be good that way. I should have posted yesterday, and I meant to, but I was busy writing, and was doing so until very late the last two nights. How late? The eyes were closed most of the last couple of pages. What do you call that, sleep-writing? I wonder if that’s good for you…
All of that said, of course it must be obvious that the first draft of Possession continues to go well, both in quantity and quality. I feel about it so far as I did the second draft of Dark Mirror, in that I don’t feel so far that major changes will be required when I’m done, though of course there will be editing and it’s too early to really be sure of this. In some ways, I think this one is better, somewhat more complex and the characters are more real in their relationships with others. I’m also getting to explore a few things I couldn’t in DM because they weren’t there yet for the characters, though they were part of the world. Again, like doing the second draft of DM, I can feel some of the growth I’ve undergone as a writer working its way into the book. I also feel like I have a better handle on this story and on my world now, and I don’t think it’s just because this is now the second book I’ve written in this world, or that it’s in some ways a continuation of the previous story. Possession is definitely a story unto itself, though one that is easier to understand I suspect if you’ve read DM. I think both things are more a result of spending most of a month thinking about and outlining it, in and around dealing with DM and the short story. I’m also very happy to have Tavis back as a POV character. I missed him. 🙂
So, exactly how well are things going, quantity-wise? Chapters 4 and 5 are in the bag now, Chapter 6 to be worked on tonight. Monday I wrote a personal best for this round of writing (early days, I know), 4,667 words, and another 3,899 were written last night. Tonight? We shall see. This of course, brings me close enough to a fairly major milestone that I’m going to round 19,977 words up and say I’ve hit that mystical 20k mark. In 5 days. That’s awesome, and the brain doesn’t hurt (yet) which is even better. I’ve still got a long way to go, and some major, painful scenes to write though. How long will this be in the end? You’re guess is as good as mine (possibly better, given how wrong I was last time), so I’ve decided to only say that it will be as long as it takes to tell the story. That’s still my favourite yardstick for how long the story is/should be.
And, of course, through all this, Devan still won’t leave me alone. I’d be irritated with his attempts to distract me from Possession, but I’m too busy being startled and delighted by some of the places he takes me. I’m deeply looking forward to writing that one in its time, and refusing to let myself even think about whether I’m good enough to write it well. I think I might be, but I’m going to try to learn not to worry about that and just write anyway. Besides, I still have The Nine to write before I can work on Necromantic. Speaking of The Nine, I’m feeling a bit of flow in the ideas for that, which is good. I know a lot of ideas for Possession got kicked loose as I was working on the second draft of DM, so this is probably a good sign that I’ll be in a good place to get down to work on The Nine once I’m done the draft of Possession.
What, me slow down? I might stall if I did that. Certainly I’d be utterly lost with all that time on my hands.
And, of course, before I go for the next couple of days and the night’s explosion of words, the picture of the day. This one is one of my favourites of all my shots, which might explain why it’s one of those printed and framed on the wall.