A quick note to update on where I am in the quest to complete the 50,000 word novel within the 30 day timescale.
A third of the way through and that should mean I should be at 16,670 words (based on 10 days at 1,667 words a day) or 16666.666666666666666666666666667 if you take a third of 50,000 words.
As it is, I’m set at 20,493 so making progress.
What is really interesting is how this continues to expand, especially since I am working on the middle of the novel. This is the key part for me and where I can seed the clues (or red herrings) which will play out in the third act. Its more flying by the seat of my pants, and a lot is made up as I’m going along, but it flows.
Tomorrow a further, longer extract, but for now here’s a little bit from Del Brooke and Gregory Black, the two detectives in this tale.
“Did you see the show?” Gregory asked.
“Ah, no,” Del said sheepishly. “I missed it unfortunately. I was out of the village visiting family.”
“Huh,” Gregory said.
“Well,” he continued, lifting the bicycle away from the lamp post. “You certainly missed something.”
“Yes, so I…”
“One of our best productions,” Gregory continued as he started to walk away from the town hall, pushing the bicycle beside him. “I think we set box office records.”
“I’m sure,” Del said, walking beside Gregory.
“The matinee was particularly popular,” Gregory continued. “Standing room only.”
Del nodded. He knew that Gregory was acting as if he had been offended by his lack of attendance at the show, and now he was wondering how long he would have to play along before he was able to ask the questions he wanted to.
Gregory suddenly stopped and turned to Del.
“I can’t believe you missed it,” Gregory said, looking genuinely surprised.
“Sounds like it was my loss,” Del said half heartedly.
“Hmmm, yes,” Gregory said. “Quite. So, you had some questions?”