Thursday, October 17, 2013

Bridging the Gap, Book 2 Style...

It's been a great week writing wise so far, and it's not over yet...

Tuesday saw me dive into the writing as soon as my husband was out of the driveway. I had a lot of fits and starts when I first tried writing anything, but after a bit, an idea hit me and I settled into it with few problems. It was a short day, but I still managed to get over 5100 words added... Chapter 37 was wrapped up and I started Chapter 38.

Yesterday, my husband had to take his mother to the Annapolis Valley, so I dove back into it and started getting my ducks in a row...

I was about 3/4 of the way through the day when something occurred to me, and I really dove into things. I was close to something and I wanted it DONE. I almost rushed through the remainder of Chapter 38, and realized it was going to happen, even if I "had" to work on things after Son got home from school.

The UH OH part has been spliced in, at the start of Chapter 39! In a single copy/paste, my manuscript went from 316 pages to 354! It was almost bus time by the time I did the splice, so I worked on getting the ducks lined up and inserting chapter breaks, etc after Son was home. He was very good, he watched TV and played with his toys somewhat quietly while I plugged along and chatted with people in my various online hangouts.

I thought I had close to six chapters added, but that part had only 4 1/2. That's okay, it's still a LOT of material and more intense than I had remembered, despite tweaking it the last couple of weeks. I still had some editing to do, to line things up more with what I added the last couple of weeks to the main file, but not as much as I had when I first wrote it up.

Thanks to the splice, I am now a lot closer to finishing this book and I'm starting to see the light at the end of this proverbial writing tunnel get a little brighter. There is still a lot to write up, like how the main characters beat the bad guys in it, the grand finale and the epilogues, but I am much closer to finishing it than I was a month ago. As things stand now, I'm in the middle of Chapter 43. It's hard to believe that less than two months ago, I wasn't even at Chapter 31!

I still can't believe that I didn't even have the idea for this story a year ago. I got the original idea for it (solid, that is) on November 6, 2012, a couple of weeks after I finished its predecessor, "No Regrets", and I even took four months off from writing to get out of "squirrel on speed" mode and let my writing batteries recharge for a while, along with most of summer vacation. If you think about it, I've written the majority of this one in about six months, and it's longer than "No Regrets" at this point in time, and I'm sure by the time I'm finished it, it's still going to be a lot longer, even with some 86'ing, etc!

I would love to finish this draft one by Saturday (October 19th), because that's the first anniversary of me finishing "No Regrets" draft one, but it's not going to happen. There's still a lot left to this story... I'll finish it when the time is right. I will wrap it up, it's just a matter of luck, getting the time, having the right ideas hit me, and a few hundred gallons of coffee.

I hope everyone has had a great week so far. I'll be back with another update when more progress has been made.

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