Checking in – Mid-October Edition

So I promised in my most recent entry that I would be checking in with you guys more often, and this is the proof in the pudding. A complete update on where Came to Believe currently stands and where I think we’re going next.

I’m currently working my way through the largest chapter in the book, Chapter 24. This is the penultimate chapter, in which we finally learn Lindsay’s (she’s the protagonist’s love interest but so much more) dark secret and see them reconcile, taking tentative steps toward a relationship. It’s an important chapter, though I’m guilty of thinking that whatever chapter I might be working on is the most important in the novel. Unfortunately it is actually the longest, and is taking the most time to complete (I’m at 25 days with another draft to go, which blows away the next-largest chapter). There’s just no way to break the thing down into coherent chunks, so it’s all at once or nothing, I’m afraid.

I’m hoping to have the fourth draft done by the end of next week, but that may be a pipe dream. That would align me to finish the novel sometime in the second week of November, at which point I start incorporating critique group comments. Once those are done, it’s time to let the book simmer and start the next novel, which features Lindsay as the protagonist. We’ll talk more about that in the coming weeks.

All told, Came to Believe has taken roughly 26 months to complete. Longest time to finish a novel by far, but keep in mind that I’ve written enough material to have a good chunk of the next novel complete, along with a hypothetical future novel that revolves around Dean once again. So the process may end up shortening later works, which would be a godsend. It’s been an interesting journey, transformative to say the least, but I’ll talk about that in the future as well.

For now, we’ll leave it here and see where I am on the 30th. Hopefully I’ll have something good to report. Until then, I’m a squirrel.