The Liberty Guard novel is meant to be around 60k in length and I’m currently closing in on 32,000 words. That means I’m over halfway home… but this is also the point in every novel where I begin to loathe the project, I’m anxious to do something else and I’m questioning why in the hell did I agree to do this in the first place.
So what does a writer do? He soldiers on. He keeps adding words. He looks for things that could inspire a bit more passion.
When I was a young guy just looking to become that mythical creature known as an “author,” I would write until I got bored or some shiny new idea entered my brain and then I’d jump to do that. I left a string of unfinished manuscripts in my wake. I see that with my students all the time – it’s that dedication, that drive, that will that they lack now and that I lacked then. You have to say, “Sorry, I can’t write you, project X… not until I finish the current work.”
Wish me luck. These are the dark days. If I can just hit 40k… then 50… then the momentum will drive me to the finish line.
Accompanying this post is an image of Camila Mendes, the actress that plays Veronica Lodge on Riverdale.