Having been stuck in the weeds for so long with this manuscript, I’m kind of surprised that I’m looking at the climax of the story. A quick take down of a criminal, the tying up of a few plot threads, and one scene to lead into book 3, and I’m typing “The End,” metaphorically. I’ll do a read through, make my notes, add the pieces I know I’ve left out, and send off this nearly 100K word document to my beta reader. Fingers crossed she’ll return it by the end of August, my cover designer has the time to make a cover, and I can publish it by the end of September.
As soon as I’m finished with this one, I’m going back to my spiral. I’ve decided my brain switches back and forth between creating and editing when I type directly into the computer, and I stall out. I don’t do that when I hand write because I’m too busy getting the details from my head to the paper. Occasionally, I will add a sentence or three, but for the most part, I can put down 1,000 to 1,200 words an hour. Typing directly into the computer as I’m composing the story, it takes me 3-5 hours to get my 2,000 words for the day. One HUGE experiment done, data collected.
What will I do in my spiral? I’ll finish the first story in my episodic serial. I don’t think I’ll solve the murder in under 5,000 words, but maybe I can break the story up into 3 parts, so that each murder case becomes novella length. I need to see about getting the words down, typing or dictating into the computer, then publishing (what I’ve done for all of my 14 years doing this gig). It’s important to me that I give Patrons consistent releases. I’ve been wanting to do a serial way before they became popular. I’ll finally get the chance to see if I can pull it off.