Yep. I feel I’m in a good place right now. The fire’s in the belly, and the first half of the third act is now over the horizon and shining in the distance. I figure I’ve broad stroked the first 10 chapters of the Ending Payoff, and am starting to see the shape of the last 15-30 chapters and its denouement. Very thrilling stuff.
I have one oddball chapter hanging out with me right now that would be an awesome cliffhanger ending, but recently it has been suggested that readers don’t like cliffhangers. Is this true, dear readers? Doth thou hateth when yon poor scribe leavest thou hanging on tenterhooks till the oft given oath of resolutions aplenty in the next tome?
I’m such a goof.
But, yeah, where this next chapter that I’m going to write lands, is kinda up in the air. It’s either the first chapter of Volume 6 or the last chapter of Volume 5. I’m leaning towards Vol 6. But then again… oh thpppt. Later.
I’m not going to promise when this first draft is going to get done, but I suspect it is now entering the realm of…
Very thoon.. I mean soon indeed.
Can’t wait to share it all with you.
Let’s put it this way, some things I’ve learned about myself and my work process in the last month or so, well, if I’m being honest the last two or three months or so, is that I have to stop gaming and doing other things that sap my creative spark when I want to make a deadline from now on. So I may start on a new process at the beginning of next year, where I focus on writing for two months, and take a break for one. I dunno. Just thinking about how to improve myself so I don’t burn out and I get a lot of stuff done. Yep yep yep. Learning the craft is more than just pounding the ole keyboard and daydreaming.
I’ll be honest though, I am not capable of dealing with marketing and sales yet though. I just… nope… can’t even. Nope nope nope.
Anyway, I’m excited enough I may try to push out two chapters tonight as is. Then at least I’ll have enough to report on progress later in the week.
So, ta ta for now. Sleep then writing to come.