11 chapters completed. We're past the beginning and fully engaged in the middle, wherein everything Matt tries to 'fix' his problems only serve to make things worse.
All the characters who will inhabit this novel are introduced, their story arcs intersecting with Matt's as he moves through the novel. I have a good vision for how the story ends, as well as the specific way points/events that have to happen on the way there.
Given my progress on this so far, it is fully possible that I could have a completed first draft of the story by years end.
I've written nearly 30K in 30 days. I'm aiming for anywhere between 60 and 80K for the finished story, post editing. I tend to write lean, and have to add in later drafts, so I'm on target.
It feels good, especially when I remember that at the end of September, I was flailing around for a story to write. And this one emerged from a single word, written on a legal pad by my bed. A single word that teased my brain just before I fell asleep one day.
That word was "run-away."
The rest of the story spun around that.
So far, it's been a great ride.
Tomorrow, be on the lookout for Halloween pictures.