I'm happy to report that I'm more than half way finished. When last you heard from me, I was on chapter twelve. This morning I completed chapter twenty-two. I'm almost at forty-two thousand words and with forty chapters to write that should put the finished product somewhere between seventy-five and eighty-five thousand words.
I've gone through several stages of self doubt with this project. Self doubt is the destroyer of writers dreams. It can, single handed, bury manuscripts for eternity. It's a hard thing to power through sometimes, but I keep doing it, because, ultimately, I have to tell this story. That is also why I'm imposing a deadline of November 1st for this draft to be finished. I have forty three days to go and eighteen chapter to write. I can make it. That's only another thirty five thousand words or so. If NaNoWriMo taught me anything, it's that I can slam out that many words in that short amount of time. Heck, other people have written entire first drafts in a matter of a week or so.