1. How far along are you in your stories?
I’m 52 chapters into my book and still ongoing. Since it’s in the first draft stage, I’ve made the decision to just write as much as I feel that it needs right now and then start bringing it down and cutting things out when I get around to doing rewrites. Honestly, I can’t edit things in the middle of writing because then I end up cutting or changing huge chunks of the book and not actually getting any, y’know, writing done.
2. Page and Word Count?
52 chapters in and… quite long. I don’t really count them in the first draft, to be honest.
3. What is it about and what’s currently happening?
The story is told from the first person perspective of a psychopathic serial killer. It’s told as a series of letters that she is writing from prison, all addressed to her younger sister. The book goes in-depth into the MC’s mindset, what makes her tick, what her life was like before her incarceration and what drives her to do the things that she does. It’s fairly brutal and I don’t sugarcoat anything in it — it’s intended to make people think.
I don’t want to say what’s happening right now without spoiling anything, but the MC is currently taking a trip somewhere.
4. How much further do you think you have left?
Quite a bit, I think. There are still a number of things that need to happen. But as I said, I’m just trying to write now and those loose ends can be tied up later.
5. What are you trying to improve on within this story?
I’m more of a ‘write first, edit later’ person so at the moment I’m not really looking too deep into improvements. I’m just trying to get the story told and once it’s completed I’ll be taking a break for a while before coming back with fresh eyes and being able to see the bigger picture, which will help me when it comes to edits and the writing of the second draft. I’m a pantser at the moment — chapters are planned but that’s done on a chapter-by-chapter basis.