Okay, so I just wrapped up chapter four of Cannibal Hearts bringing my word count to 11,860. This one is going faster than the last one, mostly, I think, because I’ve already done it once.
When I wrote Catskinner’s Book I was fighting the whole idea of actually doing it–finishing a novel. That’s one of the reasons that the ending was as abrupt as it was. I was scared that if I didn’t draw a line in the sand and say, “This is it–we’re done!” I would just keep messing around with it forever.
I want to make this one better, and I think I am. Already I can see how much writing my first book has taught me. I’ve got a better feel for pacing and flow of the narrative, I think, and a better grasp of the overall structure.
I know now that Catskinner’s Book wasn’t really ready when I went live on Amazon with it, but I don’t think it ever would have been. I have to learn by doing–that’s just the way I’m wired. I have to make my own mistakes or I never learn.
On the plus side, though, I do tend to learn fast.