I’ve been working on a pivotal scene in my extensive novel Primeval, about midway through Part III, that I’ve been putting off for months (to be fair, there was research to be done, which I didn’t have time to do until recently).
But the scene—all new, starting from scratch, which is always the hardest words to come—is going well, nearly finished. Right now it’s weighing in at a little over 6,000 words, and I anticipate about another 1,000 to finish it up. Maybe a bit more, only time will tell.
This particular scene serves to tie together some of the mysterious happenings in the small town of Hope over the past several decades from Parts I & II, leap-frogging via a series of flashbacks to past events from 1985 to 1939 and back again, as the two main characters piece together what’s been going on, based on evidence they’ve discovered deep within Black Woods and Blackwater Swamp (sorry, no spoilers!)
And it’s been highly motivational, because finally fleshing out this requisite scene(s), I believe, puts me on the downhill side of the mountain of a novel (currently pushing 500 pgs, anticipating 600 – 800, entertaining 800 – 1000…you know me!)
I finally finished roughing out the scene! Though it’s yet to be fully fleshed out, the initial infrastructure came in at a little over 7,000 words, and I’m quite pleased withhow it turned out, it’s working well to serve its intended purpose.
So, until last night, I don’t think I could’ve confidently said that the novel will (finally, after what, five years? Six?) be finishedand released sometime in the coming year.
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