I did it. I smacked myself on the butt and said – this weekend you’re doing it.

Locked in my room on a comfy chair with my tiny new writing laptop on my knees frantically typing away, I hammered out the last twelve thousand words today – in six hours. It’s only a first draft, so it’s not amazing. I find it extremely easy to type fast when I’m not correcting as I go – but still. The feeling of accomplishment is freaking awesome!

See how pretty that looks? I mean, finished.

Now, I’m not exactly sure how I did it. When I started the first book back in June, I was aiming for 75k, but I hit 50 and realized it’d be longer than that. I aimed for 90k and managed 90280. Do we notice a similarity there? 2nd book is sitting in first draft format at 90208 – I believe Jami calls this creepy.

Anyhu! I’ve started outlining the 3rd book in the series – and I’m thinking of making a few blog posts about my writing process since I’ve had a few people ask me what I do. And, if I write it down, I’ll always remember, right?

The plan is to finish the basic outline, followed by the extended outline and then go into the point by point plot. In my dreams I’m hoping to get the third book finished by the end of September so I can start revisions on the first of the trilogy in October, but I think that might be pushing it. Still, I can dream, right?

This story is a lot bigger than it was originally going to be. In a way, I think I like that. Before I wander off to go do my writer campaign like duties, I have a question for people.

Do your stories ever go off track, grow on their own, develop to become even better than you’d planned and dreamed? I’d love to know how they behave for other people!