Good news! I finished that chapter (on a nice cliffhanger nonetheless). It actually turned out on the short side (4 pages), which isn’t bad. This book is getting big. Like, it’s about 450 pages right now (excluding all the extras like the title page).
The chapter itself came out well. Part of that, I suppose, is due to the fact that I’m really working in my sweet spot here. Pacing, plotting, endings… These tend to be strengths of mine, I’d say. That, and it’s just so satisfying working on the ending chapters of a book.
I’m finally at the point where I can really unleash all these ideas that have been swirling around in my mind for ages and actually do justice to them. Not that I have a certain scene or chapter planned out to the last tiny detail, mind you. There’s a huge difference between thinking about a scene and actually bringing it to life on paper.
Since I’ve spent so much time, however, visualizing bits and pieces of the current section in progress, it should be easier to write. And of course my knowledge of the story and the characters is much deeper, my writing skills have improved, etc. It’s like a good expensive wine aging. Give it five years and it might be all right to drink. Give it seven and it will be great.
(Though I’m sure we all hope it doesn’t take five years to produce each S&R Chronicles book. Personally, I’m quite ready to get Book 3 done and be moving on to #4. And #5 and #6 and…)
Tonight’s goal – Write 1,000 words for this next chapter in the main plot. That’s rather ambitious considering that I need to get to bed at a decent hour tonight due to a doctor’s appointment tomorrow, but hey, better to shoot high than low, right?