I’ve finished the first draft of the fifth novel!
I started writing mid-July, so it has taken me a tad longer than I originally intended (meaning that yes, I’m behind schedule). In my defense the novel has turned out to be slightly longer than I intended, weighing in at about 130 000 words. I have no doubt that at least 15 000 of these words will vanish during edits, as I am a compulsive over-writer in my first drafts.
When I started the novel I mentioned that I was writing the last chapter first. In hindsight, has that turned out to be a good idea? Overall I think it was. I ended up rewriting about half the chapter as part of my first draft, because things happened that invalidated what I originally wrote. But overall I think having a strong sense of what the ending needed to be helped me keep my focus while I wrote the rest of the novel.
I’m reading the rough draft of Novel #5 and revisions will start next week. As well today I resume writing the third book in the Lazy Designer Game Design series (check out the other two titles if you haven’t already.)
Plus I have some other good news but I’m saving it for later.