I’ve been working on a novel (mystery genre) for a while now. I developed the idea, concept, premise, and theme on June 2, 2015. I developed character sketches and researched various aspects of the story over the next three weeks. Finally, on June 27, I began writing the actual story.
Thanks to the time I took setting up the project, the words have flowed almost too easily. I’m ready to close Act I, which, in case you didn’t know, is about one-quarter of the way complete. I’ve tentatively mapped out Act II and Act III in my head, but I’m willing to let the characters have a hand determining how the rest plays out.
My original timetable for completing a first draft by the end of August seems better suited for a third novel, or maybe even fourth. I’m now planning to have a first draft ready by the end of October and the final draft ready before Christmas. There, I’ve said it…