Finished a key chapter tonight, and now all I have left of my first draft (before clean-up, quickie edit) is to wrap up two or three chapters that have given me a little bit of trouble.
I wanted to have this draft finished by the end of October, but now I'll be disappointed if I don't have it done by the end of the week. I've said before that it doesn't seem like the end, but it is.
The work in progress is more words than I would like, but that's just fine with me. Too much in the first draft is better than not enough, and I'm sure I'll be able to chop it down.
What I have learned through this process so far is that I have good writing habits, and bad ones (who doesn't?).
But the good traits have found their way to outnumber the bad, and that's when I flourished. The main thing for me throughout this process is that I don't have to force myself to sit down and write anymore - even thought that's what got me through the rough patches. Now I'm looking forward to each and every session that I write.
And I've found I'm pretty darn good when I get on a roll. Yes, that's me patting myself on the back (I think I've earned it).
I ended on a roll tonight, so let's hope that continues into tomorrow, so I can finish this thing with a flourish.