I have to admit, it’s taken me quite a long time writing The Adept (still a working title) to see how it’s going to end. Naturally, I had the basics in mind from the beginning: whether or not it was a happy ending, whether or not they all get out, etc., but I didn’t know how I was going to make it all happen. That’s one of the downsides of being a pantser. (*Fun fact, my computer keeps trying to correct ‘pantser’ to ‘panther’. I’m okay with this.)
I’d also argue that this is a benefit of being a pantser, really. It’s exciting, surprising, and a huge emotional journey for me to write so fluidly. Letting my characters take the lead adds a sense of surprise and authenticity to the story that makes it a fun experience for me, and hopefully for my readers as well.
Obviously I don’t want to give too much away, plot-wise. I’ll just say that I’m very, very excited for the next part I’m going to write. I didn’t plan on this particular plot point at all. Honestly, this character was only going to exist in memory based on my original plan, but now it just works so perfectly that I can’t wait to put it down.
Back to it, then!
38337 words, for the record, and still working on it! (I’m a little behind, but I blame the turkey.)