By Mark Alpert
Whenever I’m writing a novel, I stop and take note of two special mileposts along the way. The first is the 20,000-word mark. Once I’ve written the first 20,000 words of a manuscript, I’m pretty sure it’s a keeper. I’m hooked by the idea and I can’t stop writing. I’m on my way.
The other special milepost is the 80,000-word mark. At this point, I can see the end of the book, and I start racing to the finish.
That’s where I am right now. I can’t think of anything but the novel. Well no, that’s not exactly true. I still have to pay the bills. And get my son a new laptop before he goes off to college. (He starts at Wesleyan next month.) And yes, I did go to a Yankee game this week. (See the picture above.)
But that’s it. All the rest of my mental energy goes into the novel. I’ll come up for air when I’m done!