I think it's important to celebrate little milestones when you pass them. As such, I'm very happy to report that I passed the 80,000 mark on the novel today. To give some context, that's the entire length of The Devil's in the Detail. Does that mean that I'm nearly done? Not quite. It feels as if I'm about 70% through the story and there are still quite a few characters with their personal stories up in the air. It would be the equivalent of leaving David in the canals (Oops, spoiler alert)! I think the story is coming together nicely though, in the same way that a set of Ikea drawers eventually takes shape (Note: writing a novel is MUCH easier than assembling a set of Ikea drawers).
In other news, I'm attending the Emerging Writers' Festival in Melbourne this weekend. It should be a cool couple of days and looking forward to meeting some other local writers and picking their brains on all things writing.
Thanks again for people's continued kind words about The Devil's in the Detail. The word of mouth recommendations and reviews you've been posting in Amazon have been awesome.
So I'll let you know how the conference goes and I hope that you and your friends, families have had their own kind of milestone this week. If so, then give yourself a little pat on the back and set yourself the next one. Take care.