I love this part of the book. It’s when I hit that tipping point at the end of the Murky Middle, when the events I created start knitting themselves together into some cohesive form of story. The words get easier, the light at the end of the story tunnel gets brighter, lighting the way to the inevitable conclusion.
I spent most of Day 4 fighting through that Murky Middle, trying to get into that state where the words are easy and fun. Of course, writing is always fun for me, but that middle does test my non-existent patience sometimes. But then I hit that point where suddenly it just gels and the words pour from me.
It makes that struggle through the middle so worth the time and effort that I put into it. To see the story I created take on a life of its own, and practically tell itself. It makes it all worthwhile for me.
And yes, you’ll notice I’m barely halfway through my original word count goal. I always run short of how long I want a book to be the first time around. My zero drafts are a little more than glorified outlines with action tags and dialogue. I’ll have a lot more fleshing out to do. But it’s the point of getting the story down, because revisions can always be done. But not if I don’t write the book first.
Yesterday, I wrote 9,351 words. It was hard. I nearly gave up halfway through the day. But right there near the end of the day, I started seeing my story for what it really had become, so much more complex and beautiful than I had originally imagined. I am excited and I’m ready to push through to the final conflict or battle that awaits my characters.
TOTAL WORDCOUNT: 35,760 words