I did another 11 1/2 pages by long hand today. I figure that brings the total for chapter 5 up to about 4000 words. It will probably grow longer — just sitting here, thinking about it, I can already spot a couple of parts that need significantly more verbage. But right now I’m just going to say the chapter is 4000 words, and it’s finished. At least the hand written part.
29,000 / 100,000
Tomorrow — I’m not sure what I’m going to do. Either start typing and rewriting chapter five, or start planning and writing the next chapter. Maybe both. *G*
The other thing I did this morning was figure out that this really was a trilogy.
ETA: OMG. Just realized I’m *exactly* where I wanted to be in terms of the novel. If it’s 100,000 words long, I wanted the first third to be all about X, and it is! Whee!
I’ve never committed trilogy before. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. But this morning I was thinking about the fight/confrontation that ends chapter five, and exactly what information needed to be given to the reader. That’s when I realized that if I said X, I was creating a hook for the second novel. I proceeded to think more about the second novel, what I wanted to have happen there.
Then the OMG moment happened — where I saw the novel.
I don’t know if other writers are like this. But for me — when novel ideas show up, they show up complete. The entire thing. Boom. I don’t see all the connecting threads, and certainly none of the subplots, but I see the start of the novel, some of the middle scenes, as well as the end. And right now I have the major arc of the second novel, as well as a very general idea for the third novel. (The arc of the third novel needs some work — it’s far too similar to the second novel.)
Having this much to work toward is a very different experience for me. Particularly since I still am refusing to outline anything. I really don’t know where exactly I’m going. But I do have a general idea.
I was thinking about what a new novel looked like to me. It’s like this ball of very tangled yarn, with a few clear threads leading into the ball, as well as out of the ball. I can follow some of the convolutions with my eye, but I’m really going to have to get in there and tease them all apart before I can make any sense out of the whole thing, have it clean and spiffed up, well woven, for other people to read.
Now — I think it’s time to take advantage of our gorgeous fall weather again today and take a nice walk.
Hope ya’ll have been having a great weekend!