March 10, 2003

Chugging Along

While I haven't made too many entries in here, I have been working on the book despite all my previously mentioned problems. Though I had to cut back on the amount of writing time I can spend each day. Still, at least I'm getting work done. The last chunk has been pretty smooth, too. I've finally reached the point in the draft where I decided to change some major aspects of the story, so I don't have to fiddle with that anymore, since everything from here on out should reflect that decision. And some of these scenes are really tight, not needing much revision. Some are even pretty powerful, even if I do say so myself.

I'm on page 358 now, marking up the 'script and making notes in my notebook. Almost there, but then this is only the first stage. Next I'm going to have to incorperate all my notes into a readable draft. After this I plan on going through it one more time, doing a heavy polish and search for little things I've missed, before handing it over to my first reader--Beth. I'm anxious to have someone read it. I still can't tell if the thing is any good. It certainly isn't your typical "serial killer thriller." I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad, though. It might be too atypical. If anything, though, I've learned so much from the writing of this book. The way I go about writing will never be the same.