I’m nearly at 50% which is both scary and fantastic. And it has spurred me on to start looking both backwards and forwards.
I’ve plotted ahead the next three chapters or so, something I haven’t really been able to do so far as I haven’t had a clear enough idea of where I was going with it.
I’ve also started to go back over the first few chapters. It seems right that at the halfway point I should track all the action and plot elements so far, and then work out how I can use the second half to resolve them. With some elements I know how they will be resolved – with others I don’t.
Some of the early parts, especially the first three chapters, need extensive editing, but I feel I’ll be better able to do that once I’ve finished the first draft and I know exactly how it all ends. In fact I may scrap the first three chapters and write them again from scratch. That may be easier than taking what I've got and turning it into what I want it to be.
So, what’s a fitting celebration for reaching the halfway point? And what are the pitfalls I need to look out for as I work towards completing the first draft?
Wednesday update: his eye's not looking too great today, so I'm a bit worried about him.
He still seems fine apart from the squiffy eye. He's enjoying the opportunity to be as naughty as he likes with no possibility of being told off, and is particularly pleased that he's had get well messages from all over the world!