I am SO EXCITED about starting book #4 this Friday that I'm practically giddy, and I'm not a giddy sort of girl. I don't know how I'm going to do it. I've got a lot of stuff going on, and besides all of that, family obligations will only mount as the holidays approach, but I'm going full steam ahead. My partner is supportive of me, but I wouldn't say she's exactly happy. Is that stopping me? Nope. You don't want to be married to me! Because I don't care about your feelings! I'm a jerk!
My outline feels more solid and developed than any outline I've ever come up with before. I still wouldn't call it detailed, but I definitely have a path to follow. I've decided to "pay attention" to this pacing frame which I read about on Writer Unboxed over the summer (it's about halfway down that post). I say "pay attention" because I'm not going to hold myself to it rigidly, but I am going to reference it and think about it as I move through the book. It's sure to have an impact. (And by the way, should you read that Writer Unboxed post in its entirety, I'm not going to do what that author does for her first drafts. I'm just "paying attention" to the frame she writes about.)
As I've approached writing this final book in the series, my enthusiasm has gone up and down. Before I started book #3, I was already thinking about book #4, and a big part of me wanted to skip over book #3 and get right to #4. But I sucked it up and wrote #3, and then after I was done, I had the opposite experience. I was no longer excited at all about book #4. That worried me a bit, so I am quite relieved that it's come back around again, and I'm ready to go.
It's always good before the writing begins to remind oneself about what is about to happen. To wit, I'm bringing out the novel chart again:
So hey, I've got the greatest idea I've ever had, and I can't wait to get to it. This is it. THE LAST BOOK. The story will conclude this time, the whole shebang. I can't even imagine what that will feel like. And this time, I'm bound to skip over that "dark night of the soul" part, right?
As an aside, Tamara requested in the comments to my last post that she'd be interested in me posting my daily word count again. I had mixed feelings about the reaction to that the last time I did it. What do you think? For or against it?