This is a writing week. I think I may be suffering from NaNoWriMo withdrawal. Many of the writers I know are currently pounding out "a novel in a month" by writing 1667 words every day for the thirty days in November. Now, I've done that, several times in fact. And I've won the darn challenge three times. Never mind that I didn't get any new novels out of the exercise. I did at least manage to write some half-decent chapters to fit into a work in progress, but I finally had to admit that (1) 50,000 words is not long enough for a novel; (2)it is impossible for me to write without editing as I go along, partially because I can't type the letter "t" to save my soul; and (3)a story written without taking time to think about what you are writing doesn't turn out to be a very good story.
So I quit doing NaNoWriMo a couple of years ago -- swore I'd never do it again. And I haven't, except that when November rolls around, I get this irresistible urge to pound the keys. So, that's the lead-in to the announcement that I have officially finished the first quarter of "Yankee Reconstructed." That's twelve chapters and approximately 25,000 words. Right on target, I have finished establishing a setting, a theme, and the main characters. I've set up the main character's goal and established what's at stake if he doesn't accomplish it. We have an inciting incident -- an unexpected event that changes everything -- and we've revealed the possible dangers that lie ahead. In other words, my character is standing on the edge of a cliff. Time for a commercial break. We'll be back shortly.