Hello all. I hope your holidays were great and hope your next year will also be great.
The last couple of months were busy, busy, busy, but that’s probably the case for lots of people at the end of a year. I spent many days preparing for Thanksgiving, had lots of family over, and it was fun. A few days later, however, I got a cold and spent nearly two weeks with a fuzzy brain. I still was able to get some writing in, but it was slow going. Then came preparing for Christmas, family came over for it, and it was a good time. No cold, though, so super-awesome-golden! I’ve been able to get a lot of writing in, since. I’d hoped to get to and finish chapter 30 of the next Dragonlinked book by this time, the end of January, but I didn’t quite make it. I’m about half-way through chapter 29, at the moment.
If it seems to you that I’m taking a great deal longer to do these recent chapters, you are not wrong. Even discounting how busy the last two months have been, the final chapters of a book always take me a bit longer to write. As I write a book, translate the outline I came up with to the book’s pages, I often-times find better character motivation for some scenes, better plot paths, better characters (than originally planned) to handle certain scenes, and such. Because of those subtle and not-so-subtle shifts along the way, I have a lot to write that wasn’t initially included in the outline, things that need to happen to get those adjusted subplots or character arcs and such to where they need to be for the ending of the book. It’s a bit like what happens when I do a read-through but multiplied by all the tweaks, because all of it has to be resolved at the end. But hey, it’s all to make sure the book is as good as I can make it in a reasonable time, so I think it’s worth it.
So, that’s where I am, and things are looking good.
Until I talk to you again, happy reading!