Alright! After putting in nearly eight hundred words, chapter twenty is finally finished. It happened almost exactly how I planned it. Granted there were characters I hadn’t expected and an intro action scene I didn’t quite expect, but I made it through. I know that these last two chapters I wrote are going to need major over hauls. I forced my way through them so I could get them out and done with. I still struggle with the notion that it doesn’t have to be perfect the first time I write it.
Next up, I only have one chapter left. I plan to denouement it up and call it a wrap. If I had more time last night, I probably would have wrote all the way through. As it is, I’ve had this next chapter mentally written for the last four months or so. Maybe even longer than that. I find that my writing takes leaps and bounds after I discover the “perfect” ending. There’s that moment of insight that manifests in goose bumps up and down my arms. My hair stands on end and like antennae, I receive this absolutely brilliant idea that brings the whole project into focus.
I guess you could say my arm hair is my barometer on how well my story is. If when I read my story and get that same arm-hair-raising effect, then I’ll know I got it right.
So if all goes as planned, this weekend should mark the completion of my first novel. Granted it might be a couple of days after my initial deadline, but I think I can look past that. I will have completed my novel and that’s reward enough for me… for now.
Current word count:
44,610 words and one more chapter to go.