I hit 45,000 words today. It has taken me a few days to add the further 5,000.
But with it has come a realisation.
This novel is going to be longer, I think, that the 70,000 words I planned.
For the last few days every time I sat down to write I thought, okay, today I'm going to write the scene where my heroes and heroines escape the Silver Snakes at The Crossing. But every day something else has come flowing out instead.
I love when things just reveal themselves as you write, leaving you going: "Oh, yeah, that's cool. I like that. That explains..."
It isn't that the scene I planned isn't going to happen, it's just that it seems to be taking (chapters) longer than I anticipated. I don't think this is a bad thing.
A lot of important stuff is coming out: information about the characters, their abilities and their relationships to each other. All of it helps to build a bigger, bolder, deeper and more holistic story. (That's what I tell myself anyway.)
I have finally begun The Crossing chapter, so we're there now, finally. Almost a week later than I thought, but we're on the verge none-the-less.
Suspense, terror and surprise here I come!