My fingers have been smoking across my keyboard the last couple of weeks. Two reasons: I've been finishing up a freelance writing project in between churning out chapters for my latest WIP. I never thought writing an entire book in the perspective of a 12-year old boy could be so much fun. But I'm having a blast.
And I love it when I think a story should go one way but it goes in the other. Jonas, my protagonist, likes to zig when I think we should zag. Like most of the characters I like to write, he's sufficiently flawed (who likes perfection?) and he's at that stage in his life where he's between boy and man. That makes him fun, perplexing, endearing, and curious--at least to me. Hopefully my early readers will agree.
I've written nine chapters so far. I've already plotted the story but it keeps changing direction on me, especially as Jonas fires up my pages. My goal is to have the first draft completed by the end of December. Barring any floods, sickness, tornados, power outages, earthquakes, or alien invasions, I may get my wish.