I have just finished Chapter 10, and I think in the end Undertone is going to be 20 chapters long. So I am now half way. Hooray! I think the action is moving along enough to keep it interesting and the characters developing well. Because it is set over a very condensed period of three weeks, with the action unfolding day by day, I am finding I need to be imaginative to make every day different, while acknowledging that in the world of a fourteen year old school boy many of the 'routines' stay the same. Still, it is feeling good so far.
I've had some nice feedback on the sections I've sent out to people following our New Writing Showcase event at City (see previous posts if you can be bothered), and so am hopeful that I've got something that ultimately people will want to read.
I got a bit stuck the other evening writing what I thought was a brilliant class room scene, but getting so wrapped up into the action and dialogue I forgot what the point of it was in terms of moving the story on. Someone asked me subsequently how I dealt with that issue - of getting stuck. In that case I stopped, watched some crap telly, had a couple of pints, then got up early the next day and went for a run. And after about 10 minutes I'd thought through how I was going to make the chapter work. Only trouble then was I still had to run for another 20 minutes to get back home!
Not sure if that technique will work for everyone but it seemed to do the trick, and I think the chapter works now anyway.
More will come, when I am a bit further on, or have any other positive news. Aiming to finish by end September / early October though. We'll see.