At first, I found the racket from upstairs to be rather distracting but, fortunately for me, I had a few idle moments this morning during which I realized what I needed to do to get my novel moving again, since I kept feeling like it had stagnated yesterday. This meant that I got to start writing an action scene today, so the words just flowed like crazy, and I was able to write 3,939 words today. I'm pretty pumped about this, as my goal has been to break 4,000 in a single day, so it feels good to approach that. I am now just over 19,000 words into the novel and, because I am almost to the halfway point, I've realized that there needs to be a lot of movement from here on out.
I'll just say up front that this novel is the first in what is intended to be a trilogy. Since I've never written anything other than standalone novels before, I found the idea of doing a trilogy to be somewhat daunting. I've read many wonderful series, but I've also read some where I had the sense that the author should have just made them one book, and I don't want to fall into the same trap. I was pretty sure I had enough story to fill three books and, the more I'm writing this, the more I realize that it does look like a trilogy will be the way to go. As long as I feel I have a deep, rich story that has enough to offer a reader, I'll continue to shoot for the trilogy. If I feel like I'm starting to spread things thin just for the sake of stretching the story out to three books, I'll go back and cut the superfluous bits and write fewer books.
So here is a taste of some of today's action sequences. I'm pretty exciting about this as I feel they may be the most enticing bits from my manuscript yet.