Another NaNoWriMo is coming to an end. This one has been a really productive one for me, and has helped me to come within spitting distance of the end of The Eyes of Arcadia, the sequel to The Sixth Seal. I officially validated my novel on the NaNoWriMo site today to claim my winner certificate. I don’t really care about the winner goodies this year, it was more about the sense of accomplishment and getting back into a daily writing habit.
As it stands, The Eyes of Arcadia clocks in at thirty-nine chapters and a little over 82,000 words. That’s roughly the equivalent of 328 pages give or take, but when it’s all said and done I expect the rough draft will come in somewhere around 100,000 words and forty-eight chapters. That’ll make it quite a bit longer than the first book. There was definitely more stuff to pack in this book since it explores the origin of Ana’s connection to the Eye of Jupiter and has her traveling back to her home world of Glaxenes and to the eternal city, Arcadia.
The nice thing is that I have a detailed outline all the way to the end, so I know exactly where the story is going and how to get to the finish line. I’m expecting to be completely done with the rough draft sometime next week. Of course there will still be extensive editing and rewriting to do before it’s ready for anyone else’s eyes, but that’s part of the fun. The rough draft is frantic and exhilarating and brings so many emotions to the surface. That stage of the writing really gets the blood pumping, whereas the editing is all about finesse and making the prose either lyrical or pace setting depending on what the scene calls for. That’s the part where I balance the action, reaction and rest cycle so that it’s hopefully an enjoyable experience for the reader.
This book has had a lot of starts and stops, so I’m glad to finally see it to its end. Quite often it was difficult and trying, but more often it was a rewarding experience that further ignited my desire to write. I’m anxious to finish this one so I can switch gears and work on my first Ash Banyan novel, but I’ll also be looking forward to returning to Ana Eloise for the third, and likely final book in the series. I think my idea for the last book will bring the whole thing to a nice conclusion and leave that world in a good place. Tentatively I’m thinking the last book may flash back to Ana’s life as Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orleans, and possibly a brief time when she was Anna Vasa, a Swedish Princess in the late 1500’s.
Well, that’s about it for the time being. I should probably get back to writing now, the voices in my head are calling.