Some of you have been following the little ‘progress’ bar on the side of my blog, and have noted that the rate of its movement has increased. That’s certainly true. I don’t know how universal this may be – I suspect it is pretty common – but the end of a book often comes faster for me than the beginning.
It’s kind of like when you’re reading a book. You read along, gradually getting pulled into the story, and if the book successfully pulls you in, by the time you near the climax, you find it harder and harder to put down. I feel that way sometimes when I write. There comes a point when I feel the momentum within the story grab a hold of me, and then I find I move along at a quicker and quicker pace.
To explain the percentage in that progress bar on the side of the page, I’ll say that my ‘guesstimate’ all along has been that this novel, at least in draft form, would run about 400 of my pages, or about 140,000 words. So, I’ve been using my page count to keep track of progress, adding a percentage point for every 4 of my pages that I write. At this point, I have 304, or about 76% in my method.
I’m actually further along in terms of word count, which is currently about 109K. Interestingly, as I move toward and through the climactic events in the book, my chapters are getting shorter – part of creating that faster pace I mentioned above. Things are happening rapidly, and slightly shorter chapters is one way to reinforce this and help the reader feel it. Since I have 10 chapters left in my outline, I suspect I might fall short of my 400 page estimate, and yet still end up at or above my word count estimate. I guess we’ll see.