I can see light at the end of the Bond tunnel.
Last night I finally filled in the holes of plot that had been avoiding me for a couple of weeks, by effectively trashing a 10 thousand word section. ‘Kill your darlings’ is the thing I’ve always struggled with when writing, assuming that because a plot-line exists, I’m duty bound to maintain it at all costs. In this case however I was losing an important viewpoint, and that matters more than the action-based chapters that has preceded it. That means I’m back down to basics again, and can now spend the next couple of days putting meat on the bones. It allows me to go away next week with pretty much two thirds of the story done, and with only two major sections left to write in the final two chapters? My guess of an early June serialisation start’s not far off the reality. I do love it when a plan comes together.
After that, plans are afoot to start several new projects. The Big Grown Up Novel of Awesome is already 75% done, then the continuation/conclusion of The Sayers and after that? Lots of possibilities. Many, many things on the hard drive I feel confident enough now to pull out and play with. That’s the biggest stumbling block removed for my progression, an ability to feel confident enough with what I have to share it with the world.
That means that things get really interesting round about my 50th birthday. They say you’re never too old to start something new, right?