Dark One’s Mistress, meet the 30k mark. ^_^
I always love the feel of hitting this point in writing. The ability to look back and see how the characters have changed and the story has flowed. I’ve always thought of it as the half-way mark, though in terms of numbers, I’ve 5,000 more to go. Pittance number-wise when seen against the 70,000 I’m aiming for and it’ll take me another chapter before I’m near it.
But, while I’m feeling good with the story so far and know where it leads … my plotting has now slowed to a crawl. It’s down to rehashing and refining what I’ve got lined up for my characters. I know that feeling. It means the whole story is plotted and my muse is just waiting for me to get it type all up so I can get on with the editing.
See, every time I’ve written a chunk of story, especially if it’s near the end of a chapter, I’ll get out my calculator and do the same thing: find out how many words I’m averaging per chapter (believe me, it changes each time) and how many chapters I’d get if I keep up at the same rate over what I’ve plotted.
The numbers I have right now don’t sit well with the numbers side of me. According to the figures, I’m on a nice stride for twenty-seven chapters. In fact, my original aim was twenty-seven chapters at a nice, steady pace. My plotting, however, doesn’t seem to be aiming for twenty-seven chapters.
As of last week, I have twenty-two chapters all planned. Which I suppose isn’t all that bad for what equates to sixteen days. Yes, the whole story takes that much time. Frankly, I’m amazed I’ve gotten this far on one pov (I’ve never done that before for more than 30,000 words).
Usually, my plotting only has to go so far as giving me a few chapters at the beginning and the end. I’m all “know where your ending’s at and go for it” when it comes to a first draft. But the chapters have always mystically filled up as I get near them. Those five chapters are defying my natural flow. And they’re sitting there right where my plotting says they cannot be, resisting any attempt at having a plot stick.
The longer I stare at them, the more I’m agreeing that they’ll have to be removed. Adding chapters would be quite illogical to the story and will slow the plot. In which case, the middle of the story happened one chapter ago. Not sure how to feel about that. It’s like knowing there was a book fair the day after.
Anyhow, it’s playing merry-hell with my rational side as I cannot be in the second half now when it’s meant to be ahead. My mindset’s all screwed up because of five silly chapters and a plot that doesn’t need them.
See, brain. I can confuzz you gud too.
Wait … what?