It’s been a busy couple of weeks of work for me, which has kept me distracted; I’d been continuing to work on Secrets a bit, however. Mid-week I wrote 5,000 words in one fell swoop that evening(/night), an entire scene that has been coalescing in my mind for a few days and which wrote itself so easily I just kept going till I reached the end. That took me past 61,000 words for the manuscript.
I haven’t worked on it at all since then, for two reasons. One was that I had a bunch of deadlines this weekend that really required I buckle down and focus my attention on them, so I had to appropriate my writing hours to use for the work. But second was that in my plotstorming to work out what scene(s) come next I realized I’m just two scenes away from the final climactic run, and even these couple of scenes involve some set-up for the climax. Secrets is my fifth novel manuscript I’ll have finished, and I’ve found that for every single one, as soon as I hit that climactic run it becomes really hard to step away from the writing and work on other projects. Not unlike when you’re wrapped up in a really good book.
Now that my other projects are mostly done, I can focus my attention again on Secrets, and I’m looking forward to immersing myself in the story as I race to the finish. I think I’ve still got about 15,000 words to write, perhaps a shade more, but I have a feeling that I’ll be typing "The End" by the end of the week. The climactic run is perhaps my favourite part of the story to write, so I can’t wait to dig in!