For most of its creation, Project Demo has seemed the book that doesn't want to happen.
I completely gave up on it once, only to restart it when I couldn't get the idea out of my head.
In January I was nearing the end of the worst rough draft I had ever written when I decided I couldn't go any further. I outlined the climax and jumped back to the beginning.
Lately I've been going through the draft again, trying to make it tell a consistent story. I've been writing / revising a scene a day, along with Karen at Musings of a Novelista's Operation 50/50. I'm not even worrying about things like subplots and secondary characters yet.
But Wednesday something funny happened. I was almost 2/3s of the way through the second draft, and had just finished a major climactic scene. I intended to spend some time sorting through and planning the next section. So I started reading that awful rough draft I had written months before. And for once it was good. The characters' actions made sense. It had twists and turns I had completely forgotten about.
So remember that unfinished climax? I went back to my notes and on Thursday wrote the first half of it. Today I'll write the second half. I've also outlined the final two chapters. I should have the entire draft finished by early next week.
No one could be more surprised (and pleased) than me. Though I did say in Wednesday's post that middles and endings are my strengths!
The timing's perfect. Next week a close friend is coming to visit. I had been worried about taking time away from Project Demo, but now I think I can use the time to let the novel sit, and come back to it refreshed, ready to start again (and continue 50/50, since it has been so good to me!).
If this were a story and not real life, Project Demo would end up getting me an agent, a publisher, and a major prize. Or it could be a tragedy and after a year I'd decide I was right back in November to give up on the whole thing. Could go either way.
How is your writing going? Any minor miracles?