The New Year has begun in earnest and I feel on track once more with my writing goals. Despite six days of not writing over Christmas and my birthday I managed a few additional words at the end of the year with some coercion: I had to actively remind myself to write and focus my motivation in order to start typing. Still, it got me to almost 70,000 words by the end of the year. Approximately 20,000 words for the busy month of December, which I am quite happy with.
Busy times and bad luck prevented me from beginning the 2013 year with anything but good intentions (the cooker tripped the mains electric and we are still without power in the kitchen and living room, excepting four sockets, with no electrical sockets working elsewhere in the flat and the bathroom lights not working either! Odd.). Still, once we had devised a system of extensions to at least get us back to some form of normalcy, I found my muse and she has helped me build up a good couple of days of writing so far.
However, it was back to work on Friday so I vowed to concentrate on that rather than writing, with a view to returning to the novel at the weekend. Lots of things seem to have fallen into place of the last couple of days – having worked out that at least one of the love interests whom I had in mind for Tishtar would actually work much better as an older brother, with such a twist being revealed in the final chapters. [Tishtar has never known her real parents, and will now discover family in her glory against the tyrant Than – after losing her twin sister in the process. This is a type of happy ending for her, as what the character initially went in search at the start of was some of her kin or to discover her roots.]
I don’t think my strengths as a writer lie in action scenes, which are the remaining ones to write. But, I’m beginning to have fun with the story again and am excited about bringing together all of the intricate details to finish it with a flourish. The end is in sight and I’m looking forward to discovering how all my characters feel after being bashed about and struggling so much in the chapters before. Alas, some will not make it – and I have already killed off one main character and plan to send another away before the final word is written.
All in all, I’m starting the year in a good frame of mind about writing – and long may it continue. I think editing will be the hardest road yet to follow, and I may lose my way more often than if I were simply writing my journey as it came to me, as I have been doing so far. Still, it’s a new challenge and one I shall anticipate with eager caution. In the meantime, I have a new graph to populate with ever increasing bars….