I’ve finally gotten into the groove of writing. That steady consistent determination that a rough draft requires. I wrote chapters 2 and 3 and part of chapter four this week. My characters are beginning to show occasional glimpses of coolness and doing a few things I didn’t expect. Of course that means that I didn’t follow my beloved outline precisely and that I’ll have to go back to add vital info that was forgotten. But I’ll have to go back for a lot of things anyway. To gather all of the interesting character tidbits and emphasize them. To delete my characters dumb boring parts. To change most of my “then”s to “than”s. You know how it goes. But right now I’m starting to have just a wee bit of confidence that I’m actually going to finish this project. If I can write 2 chapters a week I’ll finish the rough draft by Christmas. But my heart’s desire is for a finished draft by October 31st. Hope Hope Hope.