As much as I want to finish The Warden, my NaNo novel, I’ve made the decision to set it aside. Being only two chapters from the end made that a hard choice, but try as I might, I can’t give my attention to two novels at one time. Boundaries should have been revised, edited and published a month or more ago, and since that was supposed to be my top priority, I’m dropping anything that distracts me from it.
I’m down to the last two chapters (it always seems to be the last two chapters that trip me up) and they’re going to be the toughest ones. Now that I’ve written three almost-complete novels, I can see the pattern. I start writing, thinking that I know how the novel will end, but as I approach the last chapters, doubts creep in. It would be so much easier if I was writing to a formula. I’d know that the two protagonists would get together and live happily ever after. Or the hero would win the battle, find the treasure, rescue the captive, undo the evil spell. Alas, my protagonists have the same problems real people have. They have to deal with a multitude of decisions, any one of which will change their future. And it isn’t my job to make an arbitrary choice for them. I have to let them work it out for themselves. So the next few days of working on Boundaries will be a struggle.
As part of the work on Boundaries, I’m starting another blog, which will be my first authorial website. That’s where I’ll post a chapter or two of Boundaries, and teasers for WIPs in the Boundaries universe, three of them so far. There will also be pages about that universe and the slavery that’s central to it. It isn’t ready for public viewing yet, but will be fairly soon, I hope.