Delighted. Inspired. Motivated… That’s how I felt when I finished chapter 91 of Tangled (my novel in progress) this afternoon. It was one of the trickiest chapters I’ve had to write for a while and I was really happy with how it turned out.
Here’s a little taste for you:
‘The sun beat down as we walked along the footpath. Before long, perspiration trickled between my shoulder blades, across my forehead, in the creases of my elbows, and I began to feel light headed. My gaze stayed downward as we approached the cracked wooden steps that led towards the beach. I slipped off my sandals, walked down the steps and bit my lip as the soft sand burnt my feet. Without looking up, I ran towards the ocean, desperate to reach the water. Bek followed behind me, laughing as we sprinted across the hot sand.
When I hit the water’s edge, my feet cooled instantly and spray splashed up my shins. Only then did I raise my eyes and take in the view — foam-tipped waves rising and crashing, clusters of swimmers in bright-coloured bathers, and off in the distance, the intersection of light and dark blue, where the ocean and sky embraced.’
You might remember that in last week’s post, I said that I’d changed my chapter breakdown for the remaining plot and so I had nine chapters left to write. I also said, ‘at least I’m confident now that the chapter breakdown should work’. Well, I changed my mind on that. Yep, I tinkered with my chapter breakdowns yet again. The result? I now have ten chapters left. Doh!
Will you believe me if I say that I’m now confident the chapter breakdown will work? No? But, really, I am! 🙂
These last ten chapters should be quite short – the majority under 1000 words. So I’ve decided to capitalise on my current enthusiasm and set myself a new deadline. Drum roll…
I am now aiming to finish the first draft of Tangled by Thursday 21 April (the day before Good Friday in Australia). We’re going camping over Easter, and I would love to be able to drive off on that holiday with a complete draft behind me – and by that, I mean leaving it behind and spending the entire holiday relaxing, without writing a word.
I’ve put a little box up in the side menu on the right so you can count down with me – and hopefully cheer me on too! 🙂
How about you? Set yourself any deadlines lately?