I’ve made it to Chapter 18 of my current work-in-progress, and I feel like I might actually accomplish my goal of finishing the first draft by the end of June. Now that I’m coming into the last third of the book, I’m excited to see how it’s going to end.
Yikes – did I just say that? I should already know how it will end, after all the outlining I did before I started. Except that since then, my characters have taken over the story in ways I didn’t expect. The specifics of the ending are changing. Yesterday, instead of writing, I did a lot of thinking about what’s going to come next. What I noticed:
1) Now that I know my characters better (and which minor characters have developed a stronger role), I have a better sense of what they’d do in a given situation.
2) I discovered some details that I need to weave in and/or bring out earlier in the story. Like in the part I’m writing now.
3) Some of the questions I had at the beginning of the story are starting to get answered, and some still need to be answered, but at least I know which ones.
4) Taking a mini thinking break gives me an energy boost.