looking at word counts and things and as it turns out, when the next act goes up in a few days, we’ll be over 200,000 words! that’s batshit bananas. absolutely fucking mental.
i started this entire thing for nano in 2013. i finished the bulk of acts 1-3 during november, edited and completed the writing in december, and started posting from then until sometime in early 2014 until the story ended. act 4 was a slower process and something that i’m still a little salty about. it took so long to write for a multitude of reasons, and even now reading over it i feel like i can tell where the huge breaks in writing it were. but that’s just me; i’ll forever know where i left off in the second last chapter for about eight months, down to the line (it’s the bit where roxy and dirk are giving dave his mystery graduation presents). act 5 has happened quickly; the important part is that i’m enjoying the writing though.
i’ve always known where the story goes; i know the major plot points and major conflicts. it takes a little bit of thinking and planning to come up with the minor, chapter-exclusive conflicts, but overall, there’s a structure and plan i’ve been following all along. some things happening in the next chapter (act 5 act 5) are things i’ve been planning since 2013. there are some things i’ve been planning since 2013 that won’t happen until act 6 or beyond, because reality hasn’t happened yet. some things i’ve wanted to add in for over 100k but the opportunity for the joke to pay off hasn’t arisen yet.
i couldn’t tell you what the statistics for this 200k would be, other than that once act 5 act 4 goes up, we’ll be sitting just over 200k in length. i don’t know the hours, days, weeks that have gone into writing. i don’t know the exact amount of hours i’ve spent forcing lyra to listen to me go on and on and on about one event until i get all the details right. i don’t know how many times she’s pointed out the obvious, and it’s helped me get the mood of a scene right (but she is a maid of mind so she’s pretty good at guessing where i’m trying to go with an idea).
statistics are bullshit, anyway. i’m having a blast with all this. i can only sincerely hope you are, too. thank you.