Current Word Count: 111k altogether, 105k from prologue to interlude.
Song I was listening to when the the final period was put on chapter 23: Chrono Cross: Chronopolis
After twenty-one months of writing, the first twenty-four chapters of my novel, encompassing the first act, are complete.
Part of me is relieved. The climax event is over 110 pages long and stretches across five chapters (18-23; there is a 24, but I'm debting putting it in act II.) I have been writing it for over six months.
It's cool to see things I thought of years ago finally put down in a readable format. Connecting dots A to B was a much lengthier process than I had imagined.
Another part of me is not so relieved; if my estimates are right (and if history teaches us anything, it's that every estimate I've made so far has been very low) I am only halfway done. And that is a very daunting prospect.
On the other hand, I have multiple scenes--bits of dialogue, some of the stuff is actually good, I think--already plotted and even some chapters already written. I have a rough sketch of where (I think) things will be going, though Stephen King wrote that plot is like excavating a fossil with a jackhammer. I think there's some truth to that allegory.
I stand somewhere in the middle of the story. Pretty much everything has gone wrong for the characters, and everything that has become comfortable is about to be turned on its head. The story is shifting gears.
It's been quite interesting to watch these people come to life.
Current Chapter List
Prologue: The Prose of Photius, Record One
1: The Autumn Garden
3: Ghosts of Chimon-Jing
4: The Demon
5: The Conclave
6: What Friends are For
7: Helmsman's Folly
8: The Merchant's Arcade
9: Miles from Mine
10: We Should be Sleeping
11: If the Stars are Willing
12: Broken Promises
13: The Only Life I've Ever Known
14: Memories like Mountains
15: What Tomorrow Holds
16: A Lovely Day
18: City on the Winds
19: Grasping at the Stars
20: Event Horizon
21: To Reap a Whirlwind
23: The Heavens Remained Quiet
24: A Well to Draw From [May be moved to act II.]
Interlude: The Prose of Photius, Record Two
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