Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Boring for you, but I want to make a note of it: Chapter 9 is finished, which means I have but three more chapters to write of this first draft. Wordcount is 56,621 so I should be at right around 70K when I finish. I always draft a bit short and things expand during rewrites, but 70K will be pretty healthy, I think. I can work with that so no worries, as the kids say. The writing was awfully difficult these last couple of days but the prose is good. Tonight's bit, about the secret life of the Irish chambermaid, was very good indeed. I feel like John Cheever, running from room to room and shouting about kings riding elephants. Which is a nice way to feel. Some nice jokes earlier in the chapter, too. All in all, I am pleased with what I've got so far. I should have this first draft all written before the end of August, which is Right On Schedule.