I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. – Douglas Adams
I had made a personal goal to finish my book by the end of June…. well it’s now the first week in July and guess what still isn’t done! I honestly don’t feel as bad about missing my deadline as I thought I would. It’s not like I haven’t ignored countless other deadlines I’ve set for this story, but this one I really had wanted to keep since the story is near completion. Last week I thought I had two chapters to go. After finishing the final chapter I went back through the book looking for my little symbols (# and %) indicating was missing something. I came across two of them. The #, meaning I needed to expand that section just a little, possibly add a scene or two, easy work probably can be completed in a few short hours. I read the section preceding and following the #, it needed nothing or at least nothing I wouldn’t catch in the actual editing / rewriting phase. It wasn’t perfect, but it wasn’t something I thought needed addressed in the “first” draft stage.
The section with the % sign, I have at least one chapter to insert there possibly two. It’s a chapter on Malcolm’s new love interest, Nyssa. I actually skipped developing that entire relationship. I wrote their first date then I wrote their break up. I am not sure why I skipped it, perhaps I was trying to recall what it was like to be in the beginning stages of a relationship. It’s been 10 years since my fiance and I started dating. The more probable reason for omitting the section was I wasn’t sure how graphic to make the love scenes. Do I just allude they exist or do I actually write them? I am sure so many people have had this question pop up in their heads, what the right answer is avoids me at this time. So I have made a temporary decision, that may change after beta-reader feedback, but I am going to allude to the love scenes at this time. When it comes time for a rewrite I will be able to add more detail deemed necessary.
I might have missed my deadline, but I’m still writing! Not being accountable for missing deadlines is either the one best thing about self-publishing for me or the worst. I have not decided yet.