I’m writing steadily on The Dog of Pel. Current word count, as of today, is 75,000. I’ve accepted this one isn’t going to move quickly but it IS moving. My best guess for the final total—and this is a total guess—is between 100,000 and 110,000.
I’ve outlined to the end of the story at least three times and no sooner do I get my head into the writing than the story takes off in another direction. So the outlines are more like vague guidelines. Another image that reoccurs: I’m crossing a very rapid stream, jumping from stone to stone. I can only see one or at the most two stones ahead at any time.
I can tell the end of the first draft is coming because I’m making a list of all the revisions I have to encorporate in the second draft. But ‘first draft’ is a little misleading since I’ve been revising all along and parts of the story have a polished feel.
Anyway, that’s what I’ve been doing. As I said, progress.