Well, it took me a day to get back on track, but I’m there, and a good thing since the end is in sight.
Friday wasn’t a great day, purely by the numbers, but if felt better in many other ways, so I’m going to call it a win. I only wrote 2,471 words, though I had enough prep (detailed chapter outline) done for more. I just ended up feeling like my brain was pure mush, so I called it a night, rather than push on and make a mess of things. I did feel a lot better about what I wrote though, and it was nice to start Saturday with some of my prep work done. I worked through that, did some more prep, spent some time at Starbucks again (no, he wasn’t there) and then came home. Then I kept writing. I ended the day yesterday with 6,221 words written, which made me very happy. It also meant that one of the very key scenes in the whole trilogy was written, and I think I’m even happy with it. Yay!
All Stitched Up currently stands at 94,250 words, and I think I still have about 10-15k to go. Maybe. It’s so hard to tell, because this last part of the outline is still a bit swiss cheese, and it’s hard to be sure in advance how much something is going to take word-wise. In any case, it’s likely to be my longest first draft ever, no qualifications needed to give it that title. Holy crap. Worse, I have some sense that the final book may be longer, but we’ll see what comes out in the notes and outline for Book 3. It’s still way early for that. I have to finish Stitched first. But at least I’m back on track with it and in the home stretch.
Today will be about writing the climax of the book and whatever else I can get in. Truthfully, if I can get the next chapter done right, I’ll be happy enough with that. I’m like that when it comes to writing the climax. I want to make sure I get that as close to right as I can in the first draft. We’ll see where today takes me after that. I will say, at this rate, I’m totally on target to finish by the end of the month. Even I’m impressed by this little whirlwind.