I missed a couple of updates on my chapter progressions while my power and internet were out. I’ve been trucking right along because writing has been the most interesting thing in my life lately, especially with my internet crapping out and removing all of my other relaxing hobbies. I love being able to check books out of the library on my tablet, but… yeah. Need to have internet for that.
I finished chapter 19 yesterday but I didn’t really feel like posting about it. I wasn’t sure whether I was going to keep the new version, or try to fix the old version. I ultimately decided to keep the new version.
I was supposed to meet with my small writing group this morning, but it didn’t work out. So I ended up having a couple of extra hours today in which to write, and I’m very excited to say that I finished chapter 20! I’m just amazed at how much progress I’m making. Here I was thinking that a chapter a week was ambitious, but now that I’m sitting down and writing regularly, it seems like I’m actually averaging about two chapters a week. Admittedly, my chapters are pretty short. But I still think it’s awesome.
When I was reviewing my outline after wrapping up chapter 20, I realized that I had skipped a couple of things that I had intended to put before this point. The writing just moved me along to where it is now because the story arc was interesting. But I do want to put those plot points in. When I was thinking about whether they will fit in later, I realized that they will actually fit better later. And this is why I’m not a strict outliner. Sometimes the story takes me and runs with me, and if it’s better than what I planned, I’m happy to let it do so.